Jacob Till has been a diabetic for over 57 years. He has been taking insulin for over 54 years. At age 83, Jake is very active, with no health problems other than diabetes. In this book he tells of his experiences of living with Type 1 diabetes and how he has been able to experience a wonderful, successful and happy life in spite of the problems of coping with the disease.
Jake is a minister, educator and businessman. He received a diploma from Emmanuel Junior College, Franklin Springs, Georgia, in 1943, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Piedmont College, Demorest, Georgia, in 1945. He then attended the Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Georgia, receiving a Bachelor of Divinity Degree in 1949, which was changed to a Master of Divinity Degree in 1972. He furthered his educational studies and received a Master of Arts Degree in Educational Administration at the University of Nebraska in Omaha in 1956, a Masterís Degree in History at Florida State University in 1967, and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Counselor Education at Florida State University in 1970.
While teaching at Emmanuel College he was called to active duty from the U. S. Air Force Reserve, as a Chaplain, when the Korean War started in 1950. He was diagnosed as a possible diabetic in 1950. At Burtonwood Air Force Base, England, in January, 1953, Dr. Leon Glenn Barkalow prescribed daily injections of insulin which he has continued since that time.
After a three year tour in England he was stationed at Offutt Air Force Base, Omaha, Nebraska, where he met and married Sandra Davis. They have six children, Reggie, Jake, Larry, John, Tami and Shirley. All of them are in perfect health, very talented, and active in pursuing their careers.
Chaplain Jake Till retired from the Air Force in August of 1964. He and his family went to Quincy, Florida where he was the pastor of the Faith Heritage Church in Quincy, Florida for 26 years. He was on the Superintendentís staff of the Gadsden County Public Schools and retired in January 1990. Presently he is the Senior Pastor of the Fort Braden Pentecostal Holiness Church, near Tallahassee, Florida.