Linda Wadud is a nurse/ADCES (Diabetes Care and Education Specialist), who through her own gumption, decided to host a three day summit earlier this month to help educate and inspire people with diabetes. I was among the dozen or so people she interviewed. The interviews are available for viewing over the next day and a half. Here is the link to register. If it doesn’t lead you to the interviews, after you register you can find them here. (Sorry, somehow I missed this during the original play. So it’s a good thing tomorrow is Saturday ;-)) Once you sign up you can find my interview here.
Among Wadud’s experts are doctors, including Neal Bernard, Joel Fuhrman and Steven Masley, chefs and nutritionists, and fellow people with diabetes sharing their story.
I just listened to my colleague, Dr. Phyllisa Deroze, sharing hers. Although I have seen Phyllisa more than once at various diabetes conferences, I never knew that she was misdiagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and it took 8 years before she was properly diagnosed. She begged her doctors for a year, who turned her down, to run an antibody test, whereupon she discovered she had LADA (Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults) all along.
LADA is a slow progressive form of type 1 diabetes. Just when she was tested, she had completely stopped producing insulin, and went on an insulin pump. The story will make your blood boil. As did learning from Phyllisa that we may have as many as 20% of people with LADA misdiagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. The consequences are high: you are put on wrong medicines causing inability to manage your blood sugar and the exhaustion from constantly “failing.”
So have a listen. I guarantee you’ll learn something and feel better just knowing you’re not alone.