Linda Nordyke Hambleton LINDA was diagnosed with juvenile-onset diabetes (type I diabetes mellitus) at the age of six. Doctors gave her to age twenty-five to live. With dreams, pain, laughter, and tears, she exceeded their prediction by more than twenty years. Truly a model of physical, mental, and spiritual human survival, Linda writes from the heart with honesty and experience. It is a message of hope to all individuals and their loved ones who suffer from the chronic condition called “life.