It is wonderful that those who have had diabetes for most of their life have been able to effectively manage the disease without much complication for many years. There are thousands who have done this successfully. We all know what we can accomplish and what we have accomplished.
Thus, what good is a metal? It isn't necessary to prove that we are diabetic. We aren't particularly awarded for being diabetic. Being awarded a metal for being diabetic isn't really an award for which anyone needs to be proud. We would have to do the same things to individually manage our personal diabetes, even if there was no metal to be had.
The 50 year award or 60 year award or whatever award is certainly a star in the awarder's crown, rather to the diabetic to whom it is awarded. They would do the same for life, even if the award didn't exist. The only thing the award does is grease the coffers of the organization giving it.
So, Marion, congratulations on 50 years of successful management. I wish you didn't have to do it. It is a great choice for yourself, and a great gift to all who love you, to manage your diabetes for such a long time. You have seen many changes in the treatment and improvements in the methods. You have benefited from learning all that you can and putting to practice what works for you. Here is to another fifty years!