I just joined this group - started to respond to Paul's post, and then changed my mind to just start here.
I'm 38 (in a few weeks), I was diagnosed almost 5 years ago, just during/after my pregnancy. I was "misdiagnosed" with gestational diabetes and told I could stop checking my sugar and throw out my insulin when I delivered. The truth is that I had always known that this wasn't typical gestational diabetes - I ate well, exercised, didn't gain much weight with pregnancy, etc.. Anyway, after my daughter was born, at my six week follow-up, my sugars were still high. After pushing for a referral to a specialists, they ran the immune panel and diagnosed me as Type 1. I did my best with injections for just over 2 years, and I've been pumping for just over 2 years now.
It's hard for me to read Laura and Paul's posts. I'm so afraid that my daughter will end up with Type 1 also. I have her enrolled in a study that checks annually for antibodies so they can determine if she's "heading down that road". If antibodies do crop up, they would enroll her in one of three different intervention treatment regiments. I'm thankful that we are on the edge of being able to do something, but fear treatments that significantly alter the immune system.
Anyway - that's all for another post. I just wanted to say hello, and that I'm glad this group exists. I look forward to connecting and staying in touch with others with Type 1, this disease is rare enough that I'm the only one I know... it's nice to be around people that get-it.