[quote user="Richard Vaughn"]
I have no relatives with T1 and there is no history at all. I have two sons in their 40s and two grandchildren, and none of them have diabetes. My diabetes was caused by my mumps and chickenpox when I was 5, in early 1945. That undoubtedly caused damage to my pancreas since my symptoms started while I was recovering from those diseases. I think that my getting T1 because of childhood diseases made it very unlikely that my children would "inherit" T1. If your husband also had some disease that caused his T1, then I believe there is almost no chance they can inherit his T1. That assumes there are no other relatives with T1.
I've read where you talk about this before, and it confuses me. It is my understanding that the "typical" way to get T1 diabetes is from autoimmune disease; meaning that you have another illnes, (such as chickenpox and mumps) and your due to the autoimmune diseaase, your body sees the beta cells in your pancreas as the same as the illness that it is fighting at that time, destroying them both. Most people who suffer from chicken pox and mumps don't get diabetes. Other clues that you have autoimmune disease would be the presence of the tell-tale antibodies, or the appearance of other autoimmune responses, such as thyroid disease, vitaligo, the list goes on-and-on, but includes frozen-shoulder, which I think you also said you have had? So I'm not sure how the T1 response you have is any different than that of other people? I'm just curious, because I only personally know of one person who didn't have T1 diabetes come on soon after an illness, (though some illnesses may be serious like yours was and also like mine was and others may be a series of colds or minor illness). I had 105 fever for 9 days, and during my recovery from that I began to lose weight, get thirsty.... A 12% possibility of a father handing it down means it is 88% likely that your children wouldn't get it. And even the general public, with no relatives at all with T1 or any other auto-immune disease has a 2% chance of getting it, which definitely isn't "no" chance. I'm certainly glad your sons didn't get it, and hope my daugthers don't either!