Hi. I'm new to the site. I'm Franny. I'm 20 years old and have been a diabetic for about 10 years. My dad and twin sister are T1 diabetics too and have been way longer than me.
I've slipped in and out of good control in my lifetime, and now that I'm older I really want to get a better grip on my care. I'm planning on starting a family in the next few years and I want to be prepared. I want my babies to be healthy and happy, and I've got a lot of things I'm really scared about.
- First, I'm really terrified that if I have kids, one or more of them will have T1 diabetes. This is what happened to my sister and I, and I know how much pain it causes my dad and us. Dad feels like it's all his fault. But I know I'm meant to be a mother, and I really want to have natural children (but I'm open to adoption) Does anyone have opinions? I try to be a good person, so please know this is meant in a spirit of learning and honesty! I don't want to offend anyone with touchy topics...
- How can I best prepare in these next few years? Does anyone have any tips or experience they could share with me?
And well, I guess that's it for now. Really, just ANY advice for the next few years would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks so much,