October 14-21 is LADA Awareness Week, a time designated by founding organizations dLife and Diabetes Hands Foundation “to help increase understanding and reduce misdiagnosis of latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA).” LADA is classified as adult onset type 1 diabetes, blending qualities from both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. In support of LADA Awareness Week, I thought it was the perfect time to highlight a few posts featuring people who live with LADA.
Deborah Kimble learned she lives with LADA after collaborating with an endocrinologist as part of her work as a CDE®. “I had no idea there was such a thing as LADA. I just thought I was crazy. I was keeping diaries and checking my blood sugar and trying to figure out why some days the level would drop for no reason…It made no sense. I thought I was doing something wrong.”
Cherise Shockley is well-known in the DOC for her advocacy efforts, including raising awareness for LADA. “When I was diagnosed I researched as much as I could. The American Diabetes Association didn’t have any information about LADA. Health care professionals didn’t have information about LADA. That’s why I set out to do what I do – to say ‘I have LADA and let’s raise awareness!’”
Manny Hernandez used his LADA diagnosis as inspiration to create the online diabetes communities TuDiabetes and EsTuDiabetes, which are now part of his non-profit organization, the Diabetes Hands Foundation. Inspired by your own diagnosis to help others? Read his post to get tips on starting your own non-profit organization.
Thanks again to Deborah, Cherise and Manny for sharing their inspiring stories. To learn more about LADA check out a piece we published called, “Understanding LADA” on The DX, which helps to further explain the condition.
I’d love to hear about your advocacy efforts for LADA Awareness Week – how are you helping to spread the word? Please share your plans in the comments section below.
All the best,
Disclosures: Deborah Kimble, Cherise Shockley and Manny Hernandez received no compensation for this post. All opinions contained in this post reflect those of the interviewees, and not of Sanofi US, its employees, agencies or affiliates.
The Diabetes Hands Foundation has received sponsorship funds from Sanofi US Diabetes.
“CDE” is a certification mark owned and registered by the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE). NCBDE is not affiliated in any way with Sanofi US. NCBDE does not sponsor or endorse any diabetes-related products or services.