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Old 03-14-2019, 22:55   #1
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I was a member of Diabetes Forum for many years, but I have not posted since 2015. This is a post to reintroduce myself.

I was diagnosed in 1945, when I was 6. Three doctors did not give a diagnosis, byt a fourth doctor did in 1945. There were no "types" back then, but I knew I was Type 1 in the 1960's. I used animal insulin for almost 50 years, and started rapid acting insulin in the mid 1990's. I did not have a meter for measuring my blood sugar for my first 40 years. I had to go by my feelings, and urine testing. My mother was a very good caretaker. She helped me in so many ways, but with no really good advice from a doctor. I managed to finish school, and six years of college without any real trouble with diabetes. I taught college math, starting in 1963, and I married in 1964. My wife has helped me so much. We have been married 54 years. We have two sons and two grandkids, but none of them have diabetes. I am the only type 1 diabetic, and none of my relatives are type 1.
I am retired now, and I am very lucky to have no diabetes related complications except for some neuropathy in my feet and legs. I have been type 1 for 73 years.

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Hi Richard. Good to see you again. (it has certainly been a few years!) How are you doing?
I was just thinking about you the other day. You are such a great success story.

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Wow, Richard! That's amazing!

My father was diagnosed insulin-dependent diabetic (not sure T1 or T2) in the early 50s and, yes, animal insulin and "pee sticks" were the order of the day for many years around our house. He was a teacher, too; high school. Unfortunately, he's been gone almost 25 years now due to complications of diabetes. It's much easier to manage the condition now.

I look forward to seeing more here about your experiences.

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Hello Richard and welcome back. We've missed your expertise. Bring us up to speed on what has been going on since 2015.

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Hi mbuster, a lot has happened since 2015, I will be posting some of that soon.
Thanks for your reply!

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Wow, Richard! That's amazing!

My father was diagnosed insulin-dependent diabetic (not sure T1 or T2) in the early 50s and, yes, animal insulin and "pee sticks" were the order of the day for many years around our house. He was a teacher, too; high school. Unfortunately, he's been gone almost 25 years now due to complications of diabetes. It's much easier to manage the condition now.

I look forward to seeing more here about your experiences.
Hi Steve, I am sorry to hear about your father. T1 caused many to die in the early years.
I will post more about my experiences, soon.

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Glad to be back!! So much has changed since I was here in 2015.

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Hi VeeJay,
I am doing very well, I hope you are too.
Thanks for your kind words!

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I was a member of Diabetes Forum for many years, but I have not posted since 2015. This is a post to reintroduce myself.
That's fantastic Richard - I was diagnosed in 1966 - and like you - Animal based insulin, seldom tested myself, my mom was there doing her best to make sure I was okay ... etc

I'm 57 and I now catch myself wondering what my life expectancy is going to be as many people with diabetes apparently have shortened life expectancy or at least that's what I've been reading. I'd love to make it to at least 80 but time will tell.

No serious complications yet and statistically once you reach plus 50 years with diabetes - complications become less likely - I sure hope that's the case.

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That's fantastic Richard - I was diagnosed in 1966 - and like you - Animal based insulin, seldom tested myself, my mom was there doing her best to make sure I was okay ... etc

I'm 57 and I now catch myself wondering what my life expectancy is going to be as many people with diabetes apparently have shortened life expectancy or at least that's what I've been reading. I'd love to make it to at least 80 but time will tell.

No serious complications yet and statistically once you reach plus 50 years with diabetes - complications become less likely - I sure hope that's the case.
Hello rsfletcher, there are very many long term T1's who do not have any serious complications. I had zero complications for 50 years, and then I was diagnosed with mild neuropathy. Now I have be T1 for 73 years, and the neuropathy is more advanced, but it does not interfere with my walking, Some numbness, not so bad.

Do you have the 50 year medals? One from the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, and one from the Lilly insulin company.

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