I didn't get T1 diabetes until the age of 54. I openly admit that I knew nothing about the condition before this point. Why would I bother learning about a condition that didn't affect me. How much do you know about heart disease, cancer, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, and a host of other conditions? Surely, the only people who spend time learning about illnesses that neither they or their friends and relatives are affected by are doctors?