Families with Multiple Members with Type 1

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Families with Multiple Members with Type 1

A group for families that have more than one member with Type 1.

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Just to introduce myself my name is Tracy from Tulare, CA. A proud wife and mother. My Husband is a Type 1 diabetic ( dx @ 16 months )on the Omnipod since 6/2010 and both of my sons are also type 1. Michael age 8 dx 5/2008 on the Omnipod since 1/2009 and Owen is 6 dx with type 1 and hypothyrodism 7/2008 he is also on the Omnipod since 4/2010. He was also participating in TrailNet prior to dx where he was shown to be positive for the antibodies). I started this group to get to know other families that have multiple members with type 1.

If you have a partner or spouse with type 1 diabetes, check out the online program Just for Partners, offered by Behavioral Diabetes Institute.  It's free!

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Comment by John Thompson on January 11, 2012 at 2:48pm

Hello, I am one of 7 children and right now 6 out of the 7 have Type 1 diabetes. I developed it at the age 20, the ages my siblings developed it were 16, 21, 33, 35, and 49. My father was also one of seven and six out of the seven also had type 1 diabetes, he unfortunately lost his battle with diabetes at the age 59 many years ago. There is no history of Type 1 diabetes on my mom's side however. When I saw the battle my dad had with it along with the multiple complications my sister has from it, I was determined to get things in control - I joined the EDIC study which helped changed the way doctors treated diabetes back in the 90s and now I am on the extended study called DCCT. What was sort of a cruel joke, one brother and one sister decided to adopt children rather than pass along the disease and at age 8 my sister's son was diagnosed with Type1 - but we all look at it that he has a lot of help with it. I had some minor bumps with it but nothing I cannot handle. I help out my brothers and sisters and keep them up to date on the latest changes or devices. Four of us are on insulin pumps and three of us on CGMs. Sinced I moved to a CGM I have been amazed my A1Cs are in the 5.9 to 6.5 range consistently.

Comment by Jodil on November 5, 2011 at 7:17am
Wow, everyone's story reads like my own. I was diagnosed with Type 1 after developing gestational diabetes at 16 weeks into my pregnancy. My father and brother are Type 1 so the doctors kept an eye and me and after I delivered my son I became a Type 1. Last year at the age of 8, my son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes as well. Clearly there is a genetic compenent and I was the oldest at age 31 (my dad was 1, my brother was 12 and my son was 8). Good luck to everyone...my heart goes out to all of you and keep well :-)
Comment by momwith3 on November 5, 2011 at 6:28am
HI I have two t1 children and my husband is ti also. I can't believe how many people are being diagnosed as t1 in their twenties and over. I have another son and was hoping he was ok and past the main time to get it. I have heard of a few people diagnosed later in life, but I didn't realize how many are. I have not had my other son checked and he is 16. It is nice to have a forum to hear about how others with multiples in the house are fairing. For us it has its ups and downs. I have had to learn to handle stress better. I had to take time off work and deal with this problem for me, but with conselling I am better able to handle the daily stresses of the disease. I don't have it and I feel guilty I am the one who could not handle the stress of it and a full time job. I will be returning to work soon, but only half time to see how it goes.
Comment by Colleen on July 12, 2011 at 9:02pm
At 37 I developed gestational diabetes with my fourth child. After the birth my numbers were fine but I failed the six week fasting glucose test. They diagnosed me with Type 2 based on my age but eventually figured out I was Type 1 (I and all four of my siblings had Hashimoto's autoimmune thyroid disease). I had all of my children and some relatives tested through TrialNet. My daughter and sister came back as high risk. They enrolled in the program and were tested every six months. Four years after my dx I randomly tested my eleven months older brother at a family wedding and his level was almost 500. I told him to see his physician and tell him his sister had Type 1. Sadly, his doctor didn't listen to him and treated him for Type 2. He lost 60 lbs, was hospitalized for a week with DKA and didn't get treated properly until I brought him to Boston the day he left the ICU. He was put on insulin immediately. My daughter was dx four years after him at the age of 13. My brother died three months later of DKA after using cocaine. My sister is still at high risk and is being followed by doctors but hasn't developed it yet. They even repeated the tests to make sure. There is no family history (my mother traveled to Ireland to see if there were cases we didn't know about in her large family). Unfortunately, all the autoimmune diseases started with my generation. I have not had my other children retested because they were
categorized as low risk, i.e., same risk as the general population and, despite all
that has happened, I am still an optimist who relies on numbers. If there was any doubt, however, I would test them. I am still in shock at how this disease invaded our family in such a short time and already took its toll.
Comment by Dani on July 11, 2011 at 11:27am
Hi, my name is Dani from Houston, TX. My daughter was dx'd with T1 at the age of 9 months (she is 20 now) and I was recently with T1 this year. I just received my TrialNet information so my 9 year old can be tested. I don't know anyone with T1 besides the two of us, so I am so glad to have found this group!
Comment by shirleyanne on June 23, 2011 at 9:27am
I posted earlier that we were waiting for my son Max's TrialNet results .... thankfully he tested negative again (4th test, had his 1st at 12 months). His brother Nicholas was dX in 2006 and I was dX in 1986. The incidences of multiple family members developing T1 is really shocking .... I believe it should be researched more thoroughly (which TrialNet is attempting to do) ... I have 2 sisters and 6 nieces and nephews and none of them are T1. Really hoping the link ends in our family and my youngest son Max escapes this lifelong burden.
Comment by Jacky on June 22, 2011 at 8:03pm
Hi. Just a quick question.I have type 1 running throughyself, my 2 girls, and my mom. We were all D'xed at less than 12 months old. I have my sister in law and her family living with us until they find jobs and get settled I to our area. And I'm afraid that one of her kids will end up with D. I know d is not co taigious, or can be passed on in any type of contact way, you need to be unlucky enough to have the correct genetic makeup with some sort of environmental kicker

But I can't shake this fear. Anyone else experience this? Or am I just overwhelmed by the stress of two families in a one family household and letting my imagination run wild on one of my largest fears?
Comment by Caroline L on June 22, 2011 at 8:00pm
Hi - My husband was diagnosed at T1 in Sep 2008 at the age of 32, my son was dx in December of 2009 at the age of 5. We are waiting for our youngest daughter's (2 1/2) trialnet results - she's positive for the antibodies, and she just did her OGT test a few weeks ago.
Comment by tribalstew on June 22, 2011 at 4:14pm
My son was diagnosed in feb 2007 at age 8, i was diagnosed while deployed to Iraq in sep 2009 at age 36. lI am still in the Army just non-deployable now. I was adopted at age 7, so i don't know any of my families medical history.
Comment by Rob B on June 22, 2011 at 3:01pm
I was diagnosed 33 years ago at age 8. My younger Brother became a type 1 when he was 12 and my older Brother just became a type 1 last year at age 42. Neither of our parents are type 1 with hardly any family history of diabetes. None of my 3 or my Brothers 4 kids are diabetics.
 

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