Monday, October 21, 2013

50 Years Ago Today

On this day in 1963 I was admitted to Methodist Hospital, having been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. It has been an extraordinary 50 years. 
It has been my goal to reach this day for most of my life. Both the Joslin Diabetes Center and Eli Lilly award medals for this achievement and I have applied for them. 
I have been so fortunate to have had the support of family, friends, and doctors. On every occasion when my blood sugar dropped dangerously low, someone was there to save me.

I'll have to think about what my new goal will be...

13 comments:

  1. Nice to read this and good luck for the next 50

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    1. Thanks, Andrew. To be perfectly honest, another 50 will still not be long enough to paint everything on my list.

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  2. Hats off to your courage sir. It can't have been easy. Stay strong.

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    1. Thanks, not so much courage as it was love of life.

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  3. My wife is Diabetic so I have an idea of how tough it can be. When that sugar drops you just have to hope someone knows

    Ian

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    1. You know like very few do exactly what it is like. Take care of her, and yourself.

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  4. I'm happy for you, Mike. Keep on doing what you are doing...it's right, my friend..

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    1. Thanks, Jay. I'm still in this for the long haul. Besides, I enjoy reading your blog too much to go anywhere.

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  5. Wow, congratulations, Mike! I'm presuming you were an early teenager when you were admitted (presumably with DKA - hopefully the only time you had that).

    As a physician who treats Diabetes every day, Type I is a whole different kettle of fish for control over the long haul and minimizing complications, so you have my profound respect for managing your condition so successfully.

    Ausgeziechnet!

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    1. Thank you, Peter, that means a lot to me. Actually, I was 6, almost 7 when diagnosed. I look forward to participating in the Joslin 50 year study.

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  6. Your parentrs deserve some of the credit as well for sure, then - managing a school age child with diabetes is a real challenge, and teenage years can be worse! :-)

    Neighbors of ours have a son diagnosed at age 3, now graduating college and doing well after some rocky years.

    Congratulations again on a job well done, and... cool picture!

    Peter

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  7. Congrats Mike! I wish you another 50 years!

    Greetings
    Peter

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  8. This is a very good post and
    and even better day. Congrats
    and here's to your next goal.

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