Diane is a disability ministry consultant, speaker, and author of Unbroken Faith: Spiritual Recovery for the Special Needs Parent (Worthy Publishing, April 2018).
In 2004, her eldest son was diagnosed with autism at 18 months –and subsequent, additional diagnoses– which triggered profound personal, professional and spiritual crises: When her child was diagnosed with cognitive disabilities, she, too, found herself “spiritually disabled” by grief and disillusionment.
The comfort she received from Christ (2 Cor. 1:4) birthed a passion to encourage struggling families with the timeless relevance of Scripture, applied to the gritty realities of life. In 2009, she began partnering with Joni and Friends as a national speaker and ministry ambassador:
“Diane is a gifted speaker and writer. Her gift? She’s authentic. Diane shares a raw response to the pain she’s experienced. Her reflections are mixed with humor and sobriety, and she helps readers laugh at their own circumstances. She points you to the Word of God in hopes that you will experience heaven-sent comfort and compassion. She will help you grasp how God understands your pain and suffers with you. She reassures you of God’s goodness, reminding you that it’s okay to grieve, weep, doubt… and ask the hardest of questions.”
~ Joni Eareckson Tada, CEO Joni and Friends, International Disability Advocate, Speaker and Author
Diane’s two-fold passions include equipping local churches into becoming inclusive faith communities, serving as a disability ministry consultant since 2008. In 2018, she joined the leadership team of the Silicon Valley Disability Ministry Network, and co-founded the Disability Ministry Conference of Northern California. Her work has been featured in Christianity Today, Bible Gateway, LifeWay, Orange, Moody Radio, Parenting Magazine, and Jen Hatmaker’s For The Love Podcast.
Whether by a diagnosis, disillusionment, a death—or the death of a dream— everyone gets “disabled” by something. Everyone struggles to reconcile faith with disappointment, because no one is exempt from the jagged edges of a broken planet. Adversity offers unexpected opportunities for spiritual growth and transformation. Sin and brokenness may steal, kill, and destroy indiscriminately. But Jesus is an equal opportunity healer and Redeemer.
Diane and her husband, Eddie, live in Silicon Valley, CA with their two sons. Connect with her at dianedokkokim.com, Facebook, or Instagram, where she shares on living, “Wrecked, Redeemed and Repurposed…”