I have mixed emotions on receiving a medal for “living with Diabetes for 25, 50, 60, 70 or 75 years.” As of last year, I qualified for the Joslin 25 year certificate, but for some reason I can not bring myself to take the next step of obtaining the certificate. Do I deserve a medal for living life (with Diabetes)? Hmm, maybe when (if) I reach my 50 year mark, I might have a different opinion with receiving a medal for my “diabetes achievement.” So, my question is, when (if) you reach your 25, 50, 60, 70 or 75 years with diabetes, will you look to obtain any of the below medals/awards?
1. Joslin Medalist-Have you or a loved one lived with insulin-dependent diabetes for 25, 50, or 75 years or more? If so, Joslin would like to recognize this achievement. This program is open to everyone. You do not have to be a Joslin patient to participate. There are no physical restrictions for these awards, however some form of documentation is required.
2. Have you, or do you know someone who has had diabetes for 50 years? Or even 60 or 70 years? If so, why not nominate them for a Diabetes UK Medal? You can also nominate yourself.
–The Alan Nabarro Medal for 50 years of living with diabetes
- The Robert Lawrence Medal for 60 years of living with diabetes
- The John Macleod Medal for 70 years of living with diabetes
4. The Lilly Diabetes Journey Awards program, formerly known as LillyforLife™, recognizes diabetes patients who have successfully managed their disease with the help of insulin for 25, 50, or 75 years or more. Since 1974, Lilly has presented more than 2,000 insulin medals to people affected by diabetes. These individuals serve as an inspiration to all people affected by diabetes, for learning how to manage their disease and adapting to the ever-changing technology of diabetes care throughout their diabetes journey