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I hit 50 years on Christmas Day. I cannot get the Joslin medal. I started investigating it last year. My parents are gone and all family(I have no siblings), the doctor is long gone, the hospitl destroys records after 10 years, I even checked for dentists, eye doctors, etc. No one and no records survive to verify my 1962 diagnosis. I have no way to verify my 50 year struggle.

It would be nice, but not going to happen..... Who would think to ask for such stuff? I guess I had no forward thinking!

Bummer! Maybe TuD should give out its own medals - no documentation needed! You definitely deserve recognition for your accomplishment. We should have a party! Or at least those members who live in your state!

Anyway, Congratulations!

Thank you, Zoe. No one, except another diabetic, could ever understand the struggle.

To be honest, I don't think those of us diagnosed later in life can completely understand either. I didn't have to deal with diabetes at the same time as growing up, adolescence, relationships, careers, etc etc.

I am not at 50 years yet, but I was able to get microfiche copies of my hospital admission in 1976.

Sorry that you can't find any records or someone to attest to your diagnosis. But congratulations to you on your 50 years.

Do the records actually have to be from 50 years ago? Or if you had a letter (or other document) from, say, 20 years ago that stated when you were diagnosed, would that be enough?

I think there is a 25-year award that I could apply for in 3.5 years, but I'm not sure any records from my actual diagnosis exist (unless you count a handwritten logbook my parents started on the day I left the hospital, which does have the discharge date, which is how I figured out the day I was probably diagnosed).

Congratulations Spock! 50 years is an amazing achievement and garners my awe and inspiration.

In a quick review of the Joslin 50 year medal you may still be able to apply if interested:

It appears that they are aware that documentation may be difficult to get from 50 years ago and also accept,

"Some applicants are unable to obtain any of the forms of documentation listed above. In these cases, we will also accept letters of recommendation from two or three of the applicant’s relatives or friends (usually people older than or the same age as the applicant) who can recall the onset of the applicant’s diabetes and insulin treatment. When possible, letters should include references to family and/or local or national events that occurred around the same time to confirm the date in question."

The attachement also has phone and email addresses for questions regarding the medals.


Thanks so much, Capin, but I have no accesss to documention. I contacted the hospital and they have nothing back that far, not even the cards suggested in the ap package or micrfiche of records destroyed. The doctor would probably be over 100 now. I tried to find him, but not surprisingly, I had no luck. I have one cousin who is still alive and I asked her, but she was far away and had no idea. My 89 year old uncle remembers I have Type 1, but that is all.

I might see if my current PCP has the date in his file, but that would just be something he got from me.

It was a long while after I was diagnosed that blood glucose testing became available, so I only recorded stuff when I had to for the doctor. Those were left in that medical file, so.....

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!

I think it's worthwhile to point out that while the medal used to be at 25 years, but now 25 years is just a certificate.

That is astounding progress. It used to be rare for a T1 to live for 25 years after diagnosis. Now it's worth noting, but is not a big deal :-)

Let's all hope that 50 years and 75 years become the same way!!!! Already, many of us are (or are on the way) to being crotchety old senior citizens complaining about these young whipper snapper docs and how they don't know squat. We outlived all the docs from our youth!

Thank you for all your wonderful and encouraging comments. When I was diagnosed at age 6 the medical profession didn't think I would live for 25 yrs. but I did it and I have a 30 yr. old son and been married for 40 yrs. I have been able to accomplish a normal life with diabetes. I thank god every year for keeping all of my body parts. I guess that is all thr award I need.




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