My daughter Katy was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes in April 2011.
This was huge adjustment to us as we learned how to dose insulin, count carbohydrates, and accept what we were told, which was that my daughter would take insulin injections, or wear an insulin pump for the rest of her life.
No one wants to hear such news, especially not about her 15 year old daughter. Naturally we began to learn all we could. On the advice of a friend, I immediately began reading about GLYCEMIC INDEX vales of foods, and changing our diet to foods with lower glycemic index values (more about that another time).
Because a strong faith in God leads my decisions, a Bible verse from the Book of James was also on my mind: “Is anyone among you suffering? Then he must pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises. Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church, and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up…James 5:13-15.” [I want to take a minute to clarify that I do not believe that the people with ‘the most’ faith are the only ones healed, nor do I believe that prayer is a ticket to whatever we want. Rather, I believe that God’s will is to glorify His Son, Jesus Christ, and if something in my life, or the life of my family can be used to glorify Christ, we should offer it to Him to use. If He uses our lives to glorify His Son, then we are blessed!] And so I prayed like Jesus did in the Garden of Gethsemane, “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup (diabetes) from me (my daughter); yet not my will, but Yours be done.”
My daughter began to improve over the next few months, and I was regularly on the phone with the doctor’s office asking to decrease her insulin doses. The office was hesitant to let us decrease her insulin, rather wanting her to eat more to cover the insulin they wanted her to take. But, over time it became clear that she no longer needed the insulin, and in October 2011, she was allowed to give up insulin altogether! One doctor said that she was in remission, and another said that it was a miracle!!! ~I believe that!
So the question remained: What set this off? How do we prevent another occurrence like this? There were a few other medical questions unanswered.
Enter Dr. LaSalle: DR. ANGELA LASALLE is a physician practicing in an up-and-coming specialty area: Integrative Medicine. I heard Dr. LaSalle speak on the radio about how food intolerances can trigger or fuel autoimmune disease. They do so because they contribute greatly to an ENVIRONMENT OF INFLAMMATION within the body. When the body is in a state of inflammation, it begins to destroy itself! Wow! the natural thing to do then, is to find out what is irritating it, and get rid of it!
So where do we start, and what do we eliminate? Do we have to give up our favorite foods? Long story short, we found that my daughter does not tolerate GLUTEN. That’s a common problem these days, so I will talk about it more in another post. But Katy is now eating gluten free, and is feeling better than ever! I have adjusted to cooking gluten free, and it is no longer stressful. In fact, we are experimenting with all kinds of new recipes, and I will plan to post some on this site.
I am so thankful for all the knowledge we have gained on this subject over the last year, and I cannot help sharing this story with others!
Leaving you with a paraphrase of the scripture I shared above:
Spread out your petition before God, and then say, “Thy will, not mine, be done.” The sweetest lesson I have learned in God’s school is to let the Lord choose for me.” –D.L. Moody