60+ Years With T1D in 2008

The American Diabetes Association was created in 1940, five years before my diagnosis. The ADA magazine, Diabetes Forecast, began in 1948. In October, 2008 the magazine celebrated its 60’th anniversary. There was a search that year for people who had lived with type 1 diabetes for 60 years, or more. Eleven people were chosen, and I was one of them. The October issue had an article with stories and pictures for those individuals. A photographer came to my house in NY in August of that year. The pictures he took appear in the magazine. (See below.)

The most impressive individual in the article was William Rounds (1922-2010). William was diagnosed with diabetes in 1923, only 2 years after insulin was discovered. He was T1 for 87 years the year he died. He attended the Joslin Medalist meeting in Boston in 2009. I did not attend that year, but I wish I had. My first time attending the Medalist meetings was 2011, the year after William died. William’s picture appeared on the cover of the Diabetes Forecast in the October, 2008 issue. (See below).

The link below shows the article with pictures and stories about the eleven individuals chosen for that issue. The stories appear in a jumbled arrangement, and mine appears on the left side of the page, starting with “Just don’t eat sugar…”.




Great story Richard - thank you for sharing this :hugs:

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Thank you @Richard157 for sharing! What a great story!

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“He accepted that it was his problem to deal with, and he did.”

…there’s a lesson there :slight_smile:
Don’t be a victim! Embrace it, own it, and LIVE. Inspiring stuff! Thank you for posting @Richard157


Again @Richard157, thanks for the great post. I always find these stories very inspirational. Especially since I was told I would never make it past 30. My family (and I who was listening while they talked in the hallway) was told maybe 20 years and they wouldn’t be good ones.
I think this is why I am so excited to see so many people who have beaten those odds. I never thought I would make it this far.
And while I know luck had a lot to do with my “success” with my diabetes, I will take it. I mean urine testing, one shot a day and that lovely exchange diet was not a recipe for a good healthy life. But I am still here and everything is still working and I am probably healthier than I would have been had I not gotten diabetes!
So thanks again for the inspiring post and maybe mine will as inspiring when I hit 50,


@Sally7, I did not know that I was not expected to live beyond my teen years. I did not know that until I was 30. That made me much more relaxed during my childhood. and young adulthood. I did not know there were potential complications, either. That was a big blow, when I was 30, but I was more mature and able to deal with it as an adult.