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Hello Everyone. My name is Markus. I am the father of Johanna, who will be 4 in March and Benjamin who will soon be 2. Johanna was diagnosed in September and this has pulled the rug from underneath our feet. We are managing this well and Johanna is doing fine. "Doing fine" is actually a bull$&@t terminology. Of course we are on our heels at all times. Checking at night, reading and more reading trying to educate ourselves. This is a ****ty disease.
Johanna was our first child and we were so careful, thinking and rethinking every decision. All this didn't matter as we were hit by this anyway. I have looked through the literature, thinking that vaccines could have been the culprit, but then there are unvaccinated children with type1. I and we are trying to find our s place in this. We need a cure and I need to get rid of my guilty feelings. I am afraid of giving her any vaccines now as I am afraid it could lead to other autoimmune problems. Well, as you all cam see my thoughts still go a thousand different directions, even three months after diagnosis.
 

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usamaxe, please go to BloodSugar101 website and educate yourself. This is neither you or your wife's fault. You did not cause this to happen to Johanna. It just happens for whatever reason. With that said, it is totally manageable, but don't be fooled that there is a cure. There is no cure for diabetes. The sad fact is Johanna will live with this the rest of her life. It is not a death sentence for her. Diabetes is totally manageable and with great education you will be able to raise her to choose correctly where foods are concerned. Do not hold off from immunizing your child because those immunizations keep children and adults safe from far worse things than diabetes. I would be sure to space them out however. I would not allow the doctors to immunize my daughters with 8 different strains of immunizations at one time. That is where the problem lies is in the amount they want to vaccinate with at one time.
First you need to calm yourself and your mind. Spinning out of control will do neither you nor Johanna any good. Get the facts and get educated regarding this disease. Read through the forums here and listen to those who have been this route for a long time. There are many Type 1's as well as Type 2's, and some who have avoided full blown diabetes (as pre-diabetics). One person in particular who has managed his blood sugar quite well as a Type 1 is Richard. Please look him up on this forum. He was diagnosed as a Type 1 when he was 6 years old, and is now in his 60's just as healthy and happy as can be. Go to the website blood sugar 101 and read up on all the research and studies that have been done and learn how to teach Johanna how to eat properly as a diabetic.
We are all here to support you and your daughter. Ask any questions you may have; if someone doesn't know the answer they will either tell you who can answer that question for you or direct you to the proper channels. These people here are very knowledgeable and very compassionate kind individuals.
Good Luck, keep us posted, and welcome to the forum.
 

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Markus, my parents felt guilty when I was diagnosed too but my doctors said it' s partly genetic and partly environmental. They have no idea what can trigger it, as identical twins can both carry the trait and only one twin gets diabetes. It's rough at first but it will get easier, I promise. She'll need help from you but before you know it, she'll be testing and taking insulin on her own. It's not the worst thing in the world. Things could always be worse, count your blessings. If you treat it as a burden she could feel bad about herself for having it. :(
 
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