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LADA or Type 1.5 Diabetes by Mayo Clinic

Latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA) is a slow progressing form of autoimmune diabetes. Like type 1 diabetes, LADA occurs because your pancreas stops producing adequate insulin; most likely from some “insult” that slowly damages the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. But unlike type 1 diabetes, with LADA, you often won’t need insulin for several months up to years after you’ve been diagnosed.

Many researchers believe LADA, sometimes called type 1.5 diabetes, is a subtype of type 1 diabetes. Other researchers believe diabetes occurs on a continuum, with LADA falling between type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

 Systemic lupus erythematosus

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue. It can affect the skin, joints, kidneys, brain, and other organs.

Definition (Hashimoto’s) By Mayo Clinic Staff

Hashimoto’s disease is a condition in which your immune system attacks your thyroid, a small gland at the base of your neck below your Adam’s apple. The thyroid gland is part of your endocrine system, which produces hormones that coordinate many of your body’s activities.

The resulting inflammation from Hashimoto’s disease, also known as chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis, often leads to an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism). Hashimoto’s disease is the most common cause of hypothyroidism in the United States. It primarily affects middle-aged women but also can occur in men and women of any age and in children

I read an article last week from a young lady who has lupus. I read it on my phone and didn’t bookmark it so I can’t link to it. It made me think about my lupus.

I’m in my 40’s and I’ve had two children who are almost adults. I’m lucky in that respect because I don’t know that I would have been able to have them if it was now. I sure don’t want anymore children, grandchildren will be fine.

I’m also thankful that I met my husband when I was healthy. We always said that I’d be the one taking care of him but it’s been the other way around.

I developed Hashimoto’s Thyroid when I was pregnant with my son. I was immediately referred to a specialist and monitored closely. My son was born healthy. The specialist dismissed me soon after saying my family doctor had me under control. I would love to be able to say that I had another healthy baby but it was a lot of work to get her here healthy. I lost a baby in between my son and daughter and then I miscarried her twin. That was so hard. It was 24 hours of hell. We were pregnant, then not pregnant, then pregnant and lost a baby. After that I had ultrasounds every two weeks. I was on bedrest for over six months with a toddler at home. My thyroid was monitored extensively then too. It wasn’t until a few years ago when I really started looking into Hashimoto’s and so much that I wasn’t told by any doctors.  I was at the top of dosing limits for the synthetic thyroid medication and it wasn’t doing anything for me.  I was losing my hair, fatigued, brittle nails, fatigued, dry skin, unable to sleep even though I was so tired.  I did my research and found that some people just don’t do well on synthetic thyroid medications. I begged my endocrinologist for a Natural Desiccated Thyroid medication or NDT.  He balked at it at first but I kept at it and he let me try it.  It didn’t work at first.  I went downhill very fast and it took about six months for my body to regulate with the NDT.  But I lost weight, a significant amount too, over 40 lbs.  I think (my opinion) that the stress my body went under during that time was when my system went completely haywire and I started on the diabetes and lupus path of destruction.

After reading the young lady’s article, I was sad because I was fortunate to have my Lupus and Diabetes attack my body later in life, after I was married and after I had children.

I’m still coming to grips with my new “normal” and haven’t found one yet. I’m still fighting the depression, my body and all the messed up crap that comes with it.  I’m still having to explain other than the “dead” look, I really am sick. I am grateful that I have my husband and children in my life.  We’ve been through a lot but we’ve been there for each other.  Okay, they’ve been there for me and for that I’m extremely grateful and happy that I was able to have children and that they came along when they did.

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