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50 years with type 1 diabetes.

Discussion in 'Success Stories and Testimonials' started by CarbsRok, Apr 10, 2015.

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  1. Welfordroad52

    Welfordroad52 Type 1 · Member

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    I too, have reached the 50 mile milestone with no complications, Have just been told my Blood Sugars are too low HBA of 6.3. I have strived hard to avoid high blood sugars to avoid the possible complications so am a little perturbed at the change in policies. How can I change the habits of 50 years!! As for cures, I offered myself for research at my last appointment and was laughed at ....no chance of any cure yet I was told
     
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  2. Bob991

    Bob991 Type 1 · Member

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    In July I will be 51 years although I had a lot of laser and cataract removal. But now I can see better than I could before I was diagnosed. We're very lucky that we have the technology now we didn't have then. Well done!!!
     
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  3. CarbsRok

    CarbsRok Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Many congratulations to the pair of you as well. It's always nice to hear the positives rather than the negatives.
     
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    BJA Type 1 · Newbie

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    I've had it 58 years this May I think back and realise that today it is much easier for people with diabetes. In 1957 I spent 3 weeks in hospital being stabilised then my diet was based on black & red lines. I had to sterilise my srynges and needles. There were no diet drinks no nutrition information on packets. But I'm still here - my policy has been positive and i've always said diabetes lives with me I don't live with it.
     
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    Parisemo Type 1 · Active Member

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    I've had type 1 57 years this October, being stupid in my teenage years have suffered retinopathy, registered blind and other complications. Well done, I take care now have done for the past 34 years.
     
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  6. Sundial1962

    Sundial1962 Type 1 · Member

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    This January I had been diabetic for 54 years. I held a very demanding full time teaching job for 40 years and still teach two days a week. My parents were told there would soon be a cure when I was diagnosed but we are still not quite there, are we? I was told in my late teens that having children would be very difficult and I would spend at least ten weeks in hospital. To prove them wrong I went in the day I had my son, 35 years ago, armed with the first blood testing machine in my home town. Fifteen months later, my daughter was born. I have been told all my life things would be too difficult to undertake but that made me more determined to do it, from going abroad on a school trip when I was fifteen to going back to work the day after an operation under anaesthetic. Yes there have been challenging times but in some respects diabetes has made me the determined person I am. I've had laser treatment on my eyes, and a cataract removed, tendons in my hand released and kidney stones but life is like that. Who knows what might or might not have happened. My way of thinking is to do your best to overcome difficulties in the best way you can and appreciate what you have got. There are always rewards. My husband, children, career and friends are more important than my diabetes!
     
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    I was diagnosed with type 1 Diabetes in March 1960 when I was 13 years old. I was told that it was likely that a cure would be found. sometime in tha future, but no hint of how long that may be !! I have not given up hope yet.
     
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  8. Glynis1

    Glynis1 Type 1 · Member

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    Did you get a medal and if so how did you apply? I will be at my 50 years in six months so I am interested in how you can get the medal.
     
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    Libby1726 Type 1 · Active Member

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    Hi, 53 years for me. Did your mum boil your syringe and needles?
     
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  10. Sundial1962

    Sundial1962 Type 1 · Member

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    Well done all you fifty pluses. There seems to be a good number of us about...

    I remember lots of surgical spirit. The house smelt of it. Also on a Sunday I was allowed fifteen Smarties as a special treat.
     
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  11. blinddate

    blinddate Type 1 · Member

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    I have had diabetes for 56 years. I have many complications. Retinopathy in my early 20s, kidney disease in late 30s, but still not needing dialysis, heart disease at 50, major heart attack at 54; but I am still alive. I also have thyroid problems. I have always been very brittle with lots of hypos
    Blinddate
     
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    sweeeet Type 1 · Newbie

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    I have reached 38 years now - on insulin and with no complications :)
     
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    Ralphand_pants Type 1 · Newbie

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    Well done.I'm up to 51 years on the insulin now,but unfortunately have side effects.You've done well not to suffer any of them.
     
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    RAPS_od Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Great job! I'm hoping there's another 25 years of uncomplicated life coming your way.
    It's amazing: When you add up all the years of those who've posted here, together we have so much experience!
     
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    I was told the cure was "just around the corner" in 1968. This has been the longest block ever - with that corner still not in sight! I had to give up hoping for a cure and just live as though this was my life. I'm glad I did, but I still hope...
     
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    CarbsRok Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    My GP wrote to Diabetes UK asking for the medal as I had clocked up the 50 years, it duly arrived in the post. I gave the medal to my Mum as it was down to her that I survived with no complications. Mum gave me that grounding in how to look after myself and also not to use diabetes as an excuse for not doing something or anything.
     
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    videoman Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Not bad if you subscribe to "Diabetes UK" you can get your gold medal for surviving that length of time as I received mine 5 years ago ,so I have been a T1 for 55 years
     
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    CarbsRok Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    You don't have to subscribe Diabetes UK to receive the medal :)
     
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    TJR56 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Totally agree! I too remember red and black lines, the urine test in the test tube, boiling the glass and metal syringe, carting it all round with me. Things have moved on so much: self blood-monitoring meant closer control; disposable syringes and the pen brought greater freedom. I'm now at 58 years Type 1 and have in the past two years had blocked femoral arteries in my legs reducing blood supply there (or pressures anyway) to 65% - but I still work part-time and drive so I can't complain!

    Congratulations to all of you. Play the diabetes management with skill and you can still live a good life!
     
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  20. barme1

    barme1 Type 1 · Newbie

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    I've never heard of 15 or 20 year medal, but I did get a 50 year medal. did hear there was a 60 year medal but fast approaching 61 years and not received anything yet.
     
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