As someone who doesn’t fit into the type 1 or 2 bucket, I often feel like I belong on the island of misfits. Like Hermey the Elf, who desperately wanted to be a dentist, struggled to find his place among toy making elves, I struggle to understand my diabetic identity in a world of type 1 and 2s.
I worried about not fitting in after receiving an invitation to a JDRF event for type 1 adults in the area about a month ago. I actually e-mailed a friend who works for the organization to ask if I’d really be accepted. “I don’t even use insulin yet,” I told her, imagining the type 1s kicking me out for not being type 1 enough. She calmed my nerves and encouraged me to go. (Unfortunately, I ended up having a work conflict the night of the event.)
I’ve spent a lot of time searching for information on lesser-known types of diabetes, including latent autoimmune diabetes in adults, or LADA. I’ve found a couple of helpful articles, plus a good forum on TuDiabetes, but overall the pickings are slim. How am I supposed to explain my case of diabetes if I can’t figure it out myself?
That’s why I was thrilled to see the story on LADA in the current issue of Diabetic Living. The article provides an overview of this type of diabetes, explains why it is often mistaken for type 2 and includes great insight from Cherise Shockley who has LADA. I’m glad Diabetic Living is addressing the issue and hope it fuels further conversation. The more that LADA and other types of diabetes are discussed, the less I think I’ll feel like a misfit.