My Personal Testimony
Hi. I’m Angie and love sharing my life story in hopes that it will help others thrive who are living with Type I Diabetes. I understand it is not fun having to constantly live under the boundaries of watching what we eat and constantly monitoring blood sugar levels and then taking insulin to help regulate the rises and falls in blood sugar levels
When I was about five I began experiencing many mornings of low-grade fevers and not feeling well. My mother would often have me to the doctor with no explanations except that I had a little infection causing the low-grade fever. This went on for a couple of years and during this time I also began losing hearing on some of these mornings. We began seeing specialists who after a while conceded that I need to have the fluid in my ears drained, a tonsillectomy, and adenoids removed. This was very common in the 1970’s. I went through this procedure and a year later was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes now known as Type I.
If you’re questioning why I am tying the surgery with the diagnosis, it’s because I am. A common misconception is believing Type I is hereditary. It is not. This is a confusion with Type II and many in the medical field do not know there is a major difference in the two diseases. There is! Type I happens as a person’s immune system is compromised, for many reasons, and begins attacking itself. This prevents the body from being able to keep the cells working properly which produce and deliver insulin to regulate blood sugars.
So, at this point in my life, I have dealt with this disease for two months shy of thirty-nine years. I have found over the years things that work and things that do not. I am very much against taking a drug to prevent something from happening that possibly would not even happen as well as cause other problems. I am very blessed to say that the only medication I do take is the insulin itself. This is a choice of mine that I believe wholeheartedly in.
I believe we may choose to live like the world or we may choose to live differently. This requires conviction, strength, and perseverance; but it CAN be done and the results are AMAZING. I believe in Jesus Christ and am a faithful follower of His. This is a large part of my testimony and I do not shy away from putting this in the forefront.
Years ago I ate like I wanted and at about year twenty-four in my journey, I began experiencing some problems with my heart. This was after I was a main caregiver for my dying mother-n-law and the stress put me down for a while. At this point, I became very passionate about praying and listening for The Lord to speak to me. He did. This is where my story begins.
I saw a doctor at this point who told me that I was “lucky” because most people with my disease begin experiencing problems at year fifteen. This was the wrong thing to say to me and I chose to get up and do something about it. Prayer became my life. I went on a six-month stint of juicing and all raw food. I took out all forms of sugar during this time with the exception of the natural occurring sugar in the carrot juice and a little honey here and there. My liver was immediately cleaned out and things began turning around.
I found a preventive health doctor who began working with me and helped me with nutrition as well as supplements to add to my regimen that would build me up as well.
This all took place fifteen years ago. I have had two more children during this time period. I would like to share with you in this blog how using God’s resources in food, supplements and activity we can THRIVE in this disease.
I am very thankful that The Lord showed me how to do this and know that even if I did not have this disease I would choose to live this way. My husband and our four children feel the same way.