Does diabetes run in your family? It does in many—most often with type 2 diabetes, but sometimes with type 1.
No matter the type, we wanted to hear from our Facebook fans how diabetes can affect the different generations of a family. All week long, we will feature their stories!
Jenn with son Gavin as an infant
Name: Jennifer Mosier
Location: Mason, Ohio
Diabetes has a long history in my family.
My aunt on my father’s side was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a young child. She passed away in 2005 after fighting hard against numerous diabetes complications, including a kidney transplant and a leg amputation. In 2011 my younger brother was diagnosed with type 1 at age 27. This was just months after I experienced gestational diabetes with my first pregnancy. And type 2 diabetes runs on my mom’s side of the family.
Growing up, I was never worried about developing diabetes myself. From my perspective, everyone I knew who had diabetes led very normal lives; it was just something that made them special. But when I became a parent, I did worry about my kids getting it.
Then, on Oct. 27, 2014, my oldest child was diagnosed at 3 years old. With so much history already in my family, I was very aware of the onset signs. This knowledge helped me catch Gavin’s symptoms quickly, so he wasn’t nearly as sick as he could have been when he was diagnosed at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. My diabetes knowledge also helped me quickly adapt our family’s lifestyle to provide the best care for my son.
I’m extremely thankful for the advances made so far in diabetes treatment. How my son experiences type 1 in his daily life is extremely different from my aunt and even my brother.
Diabetes has made our family much closer. Since good childcare for a young child with this disease is not easy to find, we decided I would stay home with the kids. This was a blessing in disguise, as it has forced me to slow down and enjoy each moment with Gavin and his siblings. Helping Gavin has truly become a family event. My younger son, Noah, even helps count during Gavin’s insulin shots. If he or my daughters ever develop diabetes too, I have some peace knowing they will have such great support.
With every fiber of my being, I wish for a diabetes cure. That’s why I am doing what I can to spread awareness!