This Friday, Jan 18, we are honored to welcome TuDiabetes members and Joslin "gold" medalists Richard and Tom for a live interview on our homepage

I was born Richard Alvin V. in 1939 in Roanoke, Virginia. My parents were both raised in the mountainous regions far to the south of Roanoke. There were no paved roads when they were young and going to a doctor involved a day's journey by horse and wagon to Stuart, Va. ...In very early 1945, when I was 5, I had measles, chicken pox and mumps, all within a few months time. After I had somewhat recovered I started losing weight and by mid-summer I was skin and bones. I had no appetite, I drank water all the time and I urinated very often. My parents took me to our family doctor.

Read more of Richard's story...

Tom was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on December 7, 1942.  He is a Joslin 50-year medalist (as of 20 years ago!). Since 1978 Tom has accumulated over 106,000 road miles on his bicycle, and he maintains an A1C in the mid-6's.  Amazing!


What would you like to ask these two incredible people?!  List your questions below, so they can be prepared to tell you all you want to know about diabetes over the last 7 decades.

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I am so excited about this talk!!  I have a million questions, but I'll start with these:

  1. What were the diagnostic tools for diabetes in the 1940s?
  2. can you describe what syringes were like back then?
  3. What did doctors know about diabetes and its management when you were diagnosed?
  4. How did you manage your diabetes without the ability to test your blood sugar?
  5. When you were diagnosed, did you know anyone else with diabetes?
  6. To what do you attribute your ability to stay healthy for so long?

Great! I am also a medalist but have questions about growing up with T1D.

1) did you ever experience DKA as a child/adolescent?
2) did you have problems in school (peers, teachers)in relationship to your
special "diabetic" diet at the time?
3) assuming you are retired, does MediCare cover any of your pump supplies if
you are on the pump?

Here's an interesting article from Diabetes Health about folks who've had type 1 for at least 40 years... 79 years, in one case!

Wow! I'm in awe of it all. Gives me great hope that I may be able to live at least another 20 years!

1. What is a normal breakfast, lunch, and dinner for you?
2. How many times have you had to call 911 because of your diabetes?
3. Have you been active over the years in diabetes organizations, and which ones? When did you become active in the Diabetic Online Community (DOC), and what other things do you do to spread awareness?
4. What are your top tips?




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