Sept 10 was my birthday, 72 years old. Today (Sept 15) completes my 66'th year of T1. I am sill healthy and do not have any diabetes related complications, except for mild nerve damage. There had been a diagnosis of autonomic neuropathy, but that is false. My cutting down on my BP med to minimum dosage has almost eliminated my dizziness, and my BP is still good. I do not have symptoms of autonomic neuropathy now.

Working out at a gym 3 days per week has greatly increased my stamina and given me some extra muscle. I painted two sides of my house this summer. I know I will start to slow down one of these years, but I hope it will not be any time soon.

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Happy Birthday, Richard and congratulations on 66 years of hard work and success at managing this crazy condition, many of them without benefit of all the tools we spoiled D's have today! Keep on enjoying your life as you are now - for those of us like me who are just a little younger than you, (I'm 62 though I have no clue how that happened!) you are a great role model for aging gracefully!
Thanks Zoe, that is a very nice message!!
You are an inspiration. Congratulations on making the best of something you may not have chosen but certainly seem to have met head-on.
Wow 66 years of suffering. Clearly not a statisic I want to brag about. I'm at 36 and at whits end. Your lucky your still in one piece. My dad who is also insulin diabetic is your age though he got it in his late 50's.
Way to go Richard! Looks like you picked this up on my Birthday! I hope to catch up to you ...but I have a few years to go! Keep up the good work! Belated BD to you my friend.

Ken
Thank you Kim, Gary, Mark and Clinitest!!!
Hi Richard: Happy belated birthday and congratulations! Thank you so much for all that you contribute here on TuD, and for being such inspiration for us "young pups" who are following behind you.
Congratulations, Richard. Knowing that you have done so well with diabetes holds out hope for people like me. You are an inspiration to me.

With a lot of work and a good dose of luck, I hope to follow in your footsteps. Happy birthday!
Thanks Melitta and Terry!
Jackie, that is what I want to hear! That my success might inspire others to do their best with their diabetes, and have long healthy lives. I wish I heard that more often!
Whooooo-You are THE Man, Richard. Anytime I start to get down and out and discouraged-I think about you and I get up and keep going. After all, I'm still new at this-what's 36 years? Just a drop in the bucket-
Proud to call you a friend!
36 years is a major accomplishment, congratulations! You are a good friend, thanks!

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