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    Default My 65'th Anniversary

    Today (Sept 15) is the 65'th anniversary of my type 1 diagnosis. I was diagnosed in 1945, just 5 days after my 6'th birthday. To have no serious diabetes related complications after 65 years of type 1 seems rather amazing. I don't know why I am so lucky, my doctor's have no explanation. The most popular theory seems to be "good genes". That does make good sense, but I don't think it has been proved by research.

    The Joslin Medalist Study has examined more than 600 long term type 1 diabetics. All the participants have been type 1 for at least 50 years, and they do not have any serious complications. The study is scheduled to conclude in April, 2011. Maybe the factor(s) that explain our having long, healthy lives will be revealed in Dr King's final report at that time.

    Richard
    Type 1 for 68 years. Using MM 523 pump. A1c=6.0

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    Way to go Richard! Very interesting study to come out in 2011. Enjoyed reading your book. Going to get my 13 year old to read it.
    DS1, 17 yrs old, diag 3/2000 at 3 years old, pumping 2001,Minimed 508 2001, Cozmo 2004 & 2008, Animas Ping 5/09, Novolog ,Apidra(1/11),Back to Novolog 6/11, Insets 6mm, Navigator 8/08-5/09, Dexcom 5/09, Dexcom G4 12/12
    DS2 , 14 yrs old, diag 9/2000 at 10 months old, pumping 2001,Minimed 508 2001,Cozmo 2004 & 2008, Animas Ping 5/09, Revel 12/10, Back to Animas Ping 12/10, Novolog ,Insets 6mm, Navigator 9/08-5/09, Dexcom 5/09,Navigator 11/09,Guardian 9/10 Enlites 11/13,Minimed 730g 1/14

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    Thanks for posting Richard.

    I for one am very happy for you and you give me great hope my 11 year old has those good genes.
    Our Full House:

    J, age 14
    Victoria, age 12, dx'd 10-06, MM 722 03-09
    Lana, age 9
    E, age 5

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    Congrats Richard!!

    I think one reason behind your good health is your wonderful attitude ... you always sounds optomist with a healthy dose of humor thrown in! You give us all hope for our children.

    Good wishes for many more complication-free years to come!

    Lisa
    Lisa

    Mom to:
    Maddie 12 (dx 3/09) T-Slim Pump-Dexcom CGM
    Riley 12 Twin Brother to Maddie (non-d)

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    Wow!!!
    how do you celebrate 65 years? with this dreadful disease.

    we just passed our 5th.

    congrats
    Frannie Fran Fran


    Megan 21
    Sara 17
    dx 9/9/05
    MM Revel 8/10


    we don't use CGMS cause we're waiting for the kindler gentler insertion sets-let me know when they get to The States

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    Congratulations Richard! You have inspired me and many others here with your posts and your book. Seeing life with type 1 diabetes through your eyes has given me a glimpse into my sons future and Im not so fearful anymore. I wish you many more years of healthy and happy living
    Becky, Mom to Steven 12, dxd 7/04 MDI humolog and Lantus, Harry 14 non-d My 2 awesome boys

    Right now three things remain: Faith, hope and love But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13


    "There is no rightness in diabetes. Just sometimes, you're less wrong." by Jacobs Dad

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    Thank you being an inspiration, Richard.

    Are you doing something special? Did you ever "mark the day" or just let it go?
    Mom to 2 boys (8 & 10), oldest dx in Oct. '06
    Pump MM522 w/ Sure-Ts infusion sets since July '10
    Previously pump Deltec Cozmo w/ Contact-Detach sets

    "He attacked everything in life with a mix of extraordinary genius and naive incompetence, and it was often difficult to tell which was which." ~ Douglas Adams

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    That's fantastic, Richard!! Btw your book was fabulous, too. Double congrats!!

    BTW... My MIL's ex-husband also has had T1 diabetes for probably 50+ years (he must be in his 80s now). After she read your book, she wanted to know if there is a list of all the "medalists" somewhere posted? She has lost complete contact with her ex-Husband but he has been a longtime patient at Joslin...?
    Marisa
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    Proud Mom to:
    Mia DOB 8/25/01, dx 10/08/04
    Pumping Animas since 5/16/06
    Apidra since 6/22/09
    Little sister Ciana DOB 3/01/03, rebel
    Happily married to Erich since 5/28/00

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    Quote Originally Posted by hold48398 View Post
    That's fantastic, Richard!! Btw your book was fabulous, too. Double congrats!!

    BTW... My MIL's ex-husband also has had T1 diabetes for probably 50+ years (he must be in his 80s now). After she read your book, she wanted to know if there is a list of all the "medalists" somewhere posted? She has lost complete contact with her ex-Husband but he has been a longtime patient at Joslin...?
    Yes, in Richards's book it mentions all the people that have lived a long time with Type 1 and that it was in an old Forecast magazine. I wish we had a link to that story
    DS1, 17 yrs old, diag 3/2000 at 3 years old, pumping 2001,Minimed 508 2001, Cozmo 2004 & 2008, Animas Ping 5/09, Novolog ,Apidra(1/11),Back to Novolog 6/11, Insets 6mm, Navigator 8/08-5/09, Dexcom 5/09, Dexcom G4 12/12
    DS2 , 14 yrs old, diag 9/2000 at 10 months old, pumping 2001,Minimed 508 2001,Cozmo 2004 & 2008, Animas Ping 5/09, Revel 12/10, Back to Animas Ping 12/10, Novolog ,Insets 6mm, Navigator 9/08-5/09, Dexcom 5/09,Navigator 11/09,Guardian 9/10 Enlites 11/13,Minimed 730g 1/14

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    Richard, many congratulations on reaching your 65th safe and sound, you are richly blessed.

    I've stumbled across many of the DOC folks who were diagnosed in September.

    My D-Date is September 10, 1972. Kerri Morrone Sparling is September 11, 1986, Jeff Mather is September 8, 1999. I'm sure there are many others.

    It makes me wonder whether there's more diagnoses at certain times of the year.
    Bernard
    Type 1. Dx'ed September 1972. Yes, that's 39+ years.

    Cozmo 1800, September 2007.
    Dexcom Seven Plus, June 2009.
    Apidra.
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