My 65'th Anniversary

By Richard157 Latest Reply 2011-01-28 15:32:22 -0600
Started 2010-09-15 10:58:28 -0500

Today (Sept 15) is the 65'th anniversary of my type 1 diagnosis. I was diagnosed in 1945, just 5 days after my 6'th birthday. To have no serious diabetes related complications after 65 years of type 1 seems rather amazing. I don't know why I am so lucky, my doctor's have no explanation. The most popular theory seems to be "good genes". That does make good sense, but I don't think it has been proved by research.

The Joslin Medalist Study has examined more than 600 long term type 1 diabetics. All the participants have been type 1 for at least 50 years, and they do not have any serious complications. The study is scheduled to conclude in April, 2011. Maybe the factor(s) that explain our having long, healthy lives will be revealed in Dr King's final report at that time.


53 replies

CaliKo 2010-11-24 10:54:40 -0600 Report

Happy Anniversary to you Richard! Wartime diagnosis. My parents were married in 1945. Wartime marriage, they said it would never last. Still going strong. They beat the odds, too.
Kudos on your most excellent control, I'm glad you've avoided the complications.
Have a happy Thanksgiving!

Richard157 2010-11-24 11:01:28 -0600 Report

Thanks for the thoughtful message Caliko. I remember the year that the war was over, and I went into the backyard, when I was 4 or 5, and ran in circles yelling that "the war is over"! I had no idea what it was all about, but my parents were excited, so some of that excitement must have rubbed off on me. Lol!

DJ 2010-09-29 12:03:20 -0500 Report

Congrats Richard..Sweety you are my HERO!! You are truly inspiring to us all, and it does add a glowing light to this sometimes life darkening condition to know we can live a healthy happy life with good control…Bless you my friend!!…:)

Richard157 2010-09-29 13:21:42 -0500 Report

I do feel blessed, DJ. I have lived a long time with this and am so healthy. It is nice that my good luck can inspire others. thanks!

estheratarah 2010-11-24 10:24:40 -0600 Report

I don't think it has to do with luck. God is in control of everything. I believe God has been watching over you and all praise and glory should go to Him. It is a blessing indeed you have lived so healthy all these years with this disease.

MC64 2010-09-29 10:22:03 -0500 Report

Congratulations Richard! I'm about 40 now. Type II though.

Richard157 2010-09-29 13:18:57 -0500 Report

MC, there are many type II diabetics who were diagnosed when they were young. They can live a very long time too, just like us type I's. It takes a lot of work, time and patience, but it CAN BE DONE!!!

lori2010 2010-09-27 19:49:01 -0500 Report

Richard, you have truly been blessed by God. I was diagnosed 31 years ago, and I have almost every complication there is. It's good to know there are people who've escaped that. One of my biggest concerns has always been that my children will get the disease. Stories like yours makes me more hopeful about that. Thanks for sharing.

Richard157 2010-09-27 20:10:52 -0500 Report

Thanks Lori, I hope your complications are not very far advanced. Using very tight control has resulted in reversing complications for many diabetics, including me. Good luck to you in the years ahead.

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette Terry 2010-09-27 17:38:19 -0500 Report

I always worry about what kind of complications I will have as I get older. It is so good to hear success stories of individuals with diabetes that are still living healthy lives. That takes a lot of dedication to taking control of your health. There is something to look forward to!

Richard157 2010-09-27 18:55:44 -0500 Report

Yes, your future is in your hands. Stay on the right path and you can avoid complications. You do want to become a healthy old geezer like me, right? Lol!

Kelly Preciado
Kelly Preciado 2010-09-27 13:22:11 -0500 Report

I have been a type 1 diabetic for 22 years. I love your post. It does make my happy knowing that it can be done. I have neuropothy in my feet but no other complications as of right now. You give me hope. Congratulations on the good work.

Richard157 2010-09-27 14:23:06 -0500 Report

A little neuropathy in my feet is the only complication I have too. As long as I do not have a see saw type of control, I do not have any symptoms of neuropathy. Good luck with yours!

Demanieshs 2010-09-27 09:53:29 -0500 Report

Wow, Richard- thanks for posting that- I'm going on 20 years type 1. I think a lot of us have anxiety about the future and your post just brightened my day :) Happy Birthday and God Bless (It seems as though he already has for 65 years ;)

Richard157 2010-09-27 14:21:03 -0500 Report

Thanks, Anxiety for our futures is part of our existence, it is normal for everyone. If we work hard for good control, our diabetes is not usually so much of a problem. We can have long, healthy lives.

marla50 2010-09-26 17:49:27 -0500 Report

Wow, I'm impressed. I to was diagnosed shortly after my sixth birthday and I'm fifty now. However, I have recently developed complications, Congradulations!

Richard157 2010-09-26 19:10:37 -0500 Report

Hi Maria, I hope your complications are not serious, and that they can be reversed with good control. Good luck to you!

Pynetree 2010-09-25 14:20:59 -0500 Report

Wow, Congratulations Richard, on taking control of your body and not letting Diabetes have the upper hand! You're an inspiration to all.

shorty31 2010-09-24 18:22:12 -0500 Report

congradulation Richard, YOU HAVE TRUELY BEEN BLESSED. no other way to say it.i feel so ashame for feeling sorry for myself and look at you a guiding light for me you spirit and your story has lifted me up and richly filled me up with a new shape and form to stop and smell the roses. God bless you for blessing me.

Richard157 2010-09-25 09:53:55 -0500 Report

Thanks nana and shorty!

Shorty, I do feel blessed since I had many years of poor control and do not have complications. I am pleased to hear that you have been helped by my message. Good luck to you!

boston T
boston T 2010-09-24 15:26:40 -0500 Report

Isn't it funny how we keep track of our diabetes anniversary?

Congratulations on such a long and healthy life. Way to go, Richard.

CaliKo 2010-09-24 15:50:54 -0500 Report

I hadn't thought of that, but its very true. I bet most everyone on the site could tell you the month and year!

Pynetree 2010-09-25 14:25:33 -0500 Report

sorry..Don't really know the date. Feel like I should, feel bad that It wasn't more memorable! 10 - 12 years ago.

jayabee52 2010-09-24 23:17:14 -0500 Report

I have a hard time remembering the year even much less the month and day. Of course I had suspected I had DM for about a year before, and went into heavy denial after the Dx. I was very foolish.

Richard157 2010-09-25 09:50:32 -0500 Report

Thanks boston T.

jayabee, we learn from our mistakes, I have made several mistakes of my own along the way. Just concentrate on the present and be as healthy as you can be.

mas14years 2010-09-23 23:11:23 -0500 Report

That is amazing and I thank you for sharing this with us. I think all of us worry what is going to happen later in life. I have had diabetes for 14 years and you inspire me and give me hope.
God Bless and keep up the good work!
Melissa :)

Crashnot 2010-09-23 20:37:32 -0500 Report

Well dadgumit, happy birthday and a hearty congrats! I am pretty good about checking in here every day or two, but somehow your note got missed by a week! I always read your posts right away, so am sorry I missed this one and am grateful you're alive and very well to keep on posting!

Richard157 2010-09-24 12:02:17 -0500 Report

Crashnot, there are many posts I never see, so don't be sorry if you miss a few. Thanks for your kindness.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2010-09-23 19:47:18 -0500 Report

Belated congrats and birthday. Hope to hear a lot more anniversary and birthday announcements in the future.

Krista Marie
Krista Marie 2010-09-22 18:07:24 -0500 Report

Congratulations on a wonderful, inspiring story. I think a Happy Birthday may be in store (a few days late!) as well. :)

gregsteele 2010-09-22 16:26:13 -0500 Report

I havent been here enough lately and missed your post (im sorry) congratulations my friend your story is an amazing one indeed you are an inspiration to me and a lot of others im sure keep it up my friend you give the rest of us hope love to all GREG

Sue Turner
Sue Turner 2010-09-22 12:31:40 -0500 Report

Wow, Richard, that is just wonderful news, and that is the kind of news I like to hear and read about…I just hope that my genes are as good as yours :)…That is so inspiring and encouraging; it really gives one hope! I know I feel better just reading your post…

tabby9146 2010-09-22 12:03:26 -0500 Report

WOW! CONGRATS TO YOU! That is such an awesome thing. I am so happy you have had no complications ever. That is my aim also. Hoping you will be blessed with MANY more complication - FREE years!!! :-)

MAYS 2010-09-22 11:39:08 -0500 Report

Congratulations on your anniversary!

Your success (65 years) is truly amazing, and so are you.
Your success, participation and commitment towards helping others has been a blessing to all of us here at (DC), and all across the world wide web.

I look forward to examining the results in Dr. King's final report whenever it becomes available in the near future, I'm sure that the information contained within it will be very beneficial to all diabetics.

Thank you for being the person that you are, a "true inspiration."


GabbyPA 2010-09-15 19:37:09 -0500 Report

A lot of people are just glad to live to be 65 much less to have diabetes for 65 years. You are the man here Richard. Thanks for setting us a goal to reach for.

mo91108 2010-09-15 12:48:08 -0500 Report

Well Congradulations! Sincerely I hope that with my type 1 diagnosis I can also have a great outcome from it. So far so good. but it has only been 5 months so far. Again Congrats!

gregsteele 2010-09-15 12:41:27 -0500 Report

You bring inspiration and hope to all of us my friend maybe by studying long term diabetics more info can be learned to find a cure god bless my friend love to all GREG

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