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My 65'th Anniversary

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Richard157, Sep 15, 2010.

  1. Richard157

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    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 :)
     
  2. ecs1516

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    Way to go Richard! :cwds: Very interesting study to come out in 2011. Enjoyed reading your book. Going to get my 13 year old to read it.
     
  3. VictoriasDad

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

    we just passed our 5th.

    congrats
     
  6. Becky Stevens mom

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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
     
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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?
     
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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...?
     
  9. ecs1516

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    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
     
  10. BernFarr

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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.
     
  11. Richard157

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    Thanks!

    Thanks so much, my friends. :cwds:

    No, I don't mark the anniversary dates, it is so routine after having had so many. No celebration or hoopla. Just a feeling of gratefulness to still be here and be healthy after all this time. I give thanks by trying to offer inspiration and hope to my fellow diabetics, especially the children and their parents. I have referred hundreds of parents to this wonderful site through the years. ;)

    I will post a link to the article about the long term diabetics.
     
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    Congratulations, Richard! :)
     

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