I was diganosed as a LADA on my 42nd birthday, less than a year ago. At this time last year I was in serious denial about the preliminary type 2 diagnosis I had received in November as I plowed through the Holiday Carbs!
This last year since my diagnosis has been one of the best I’ve had in quite a while, just because I feel so much better than I had in some time. My blood glucose swings were causing me to be pretty irritable, and I was generally low energy and just never felt like doing anything. I had several experiences of “bonking” while working out due to low bgl, so I was starting to avoid strenuous activity.
My family, especially my wife, have been incredibly supportive. She had been dealing with autoimmune thyroid and adrenal issues, and had found carefull diet and stress reduction to be very helpful. The same has worked very well for me.
I am still in a serious honeymoon phase with my diabetes, as I only have to do one daily injection of 18 units of Lantus along with diet and excercise to maintain good control in my target range. If it would stay at this level, I would think diabetes is not so tough. However, I know that at some point I’ll continue the downhill slide of insulin production and my life will get much more difficult. I am trying to live in the moment and just appreciate my current status. If I thought too much about where this all could lead, I think depression would be a serious issue.
At this point though, it’s been hard to see my diagnosis other than as a blessing based on how much better I feel since beginning treatment. It’s been like emerging from a heavy fog into bright sunshine.