Mike Durbin

Patient Leader

I was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure in December 2008 at the age of 24. I was also misdiagnosed with type 2 diabetes at that time when what I actually live with is a form of type 1 diabetes called LADA. I began my blog, My Diabetic Heart, at first as a way to document and process what I was going through, and later continued to write in hopes that it would help someone else going through the same thing to not feel so alone. Nearly 10 years later, I’m still sharing my story because it has touched and inspired people to strive to make the most of their health and life. I live by my mantra, "A Little Heart Can Do Big Things", and hope to impart that message to everyone.


Fort Wayne, IN


Best in Show: Blog Patient Leader Hero


Best Kept Secret

Mike Durbin is a quiet man with a big heart. Diagnosed with congestive heart failure and diabetes, he has been a strong advocate. He has a gentle way of bringing people together. Originally misdiagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and later correctly diagnosed with LADA (a slow progressing Type 1 in adults), became an accidental advocate between the types

Mike is a quiet, gentle soul who wants to bring people together. After he was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure, he was also misdiagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Not too long ago, he was given the correct diagnosis: LADA, a slow-progressing Type 1 in adults. He doesn't sugar coat his condition which helps many to relate.  — Sue

Last fall, I found out I needed hip surgery ASAP to avoid hip replacement down the road. I was recovering from another surgery & said no to the hip operation at that time. Mike checked in on me often & also sent many practical items via Amazon to help & comfort me. He is an incredible friend & advocate who doesn't get near enough recognition!  — Kenzie

Mike Durbin

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