I am 61 years old, and was diagnosed as diabetic in December 2010. I have a great doctor and diabetes educator who have been my greatest cheerleaders through the past of 8 years of dealing with this disease. I have been identified as having LADA, which is simply a way of saying I have insulin dependent diabetes which hit as an adult rather than as a child or teen. It hit me very suddenly and there was no “honeymoon” where I could manage my blood glucose without insulin.
However, diabetes isn’t the only thing – in fact, it’s not the most important thing – about me. I am a follower of Christ, a wife, a mother of two, and Coordinator of Women’s Discipleship at my church. I have a B.S., M.S., and PhD. in Foods and Nutrition (ironic, isn’t it??).
I have found that dealing with diabetes has caused me to think deeply about how dealing with a chronic disease affects my spiritual walk – because the two things are definitely interrelated. I still believe that God is good, and that His love for me is constant and unchanging. I am trying to be faithful in not allowing my diabetes to deflect me from following Him or trusting in His character as I see it revealed in Scripture.
So the purpose of this blog is basically two-fold. I want to share the daily ups and downs of living with type 1.5 diabetes and hear from anyone else who has similar experiences so that we can learn from one another, and just enjoy the reality that we aren’t alone! I think others will find that the life of a type 1.5 is very similar to the life of a type 1 diabetic. And secondly, I will be writing about the affect this disease has on my spiritual life, again with the hope that readers will share their experiences and insights. I ask that all comments be civil and respectful. I realize not everyone with diabetes shares my Christian beliefs, but that doesn’t mean we can’t encourage one another. Life in LADA land is challenging, frustrating, enriching, and full of inconsistencies that I don’t begin to understand. But I do know it helps a lot to have friends along the way!