Archive - June 20, 2015

Diabetes Legends: Gladys C. Lester Dull – who trekked 300 miles for insulin treatment

Gladys C. Lester Dull’s extraordinary life began in the harshest of North Dakotan winters.

Gladys lost her parents during a flu epidemic in 1920, at just three years old. She was adopted by neighbours, and went away to live in a farming community.

Before her diagnosis, Gladys remembers feeling sick all the time, and the constant need to urinate. Finally, she made the nine-mile trip from her home in the farming community to the nearest doctor, where she was promptly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. But type 1 diabetes was an obscure disease, rarely talked about, and her doctor didn’t know how to treat it.

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