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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Yes, the disposable syringes were invented in the 1950s, but it was many years later that we found out about them. It seems I was told about many new things years after they became available. I was diagnosed in 1945, but saccharin was available many years before that. We saw saccharin on the shelf at a drugstore in the 1950s. That was so wonderful! I think it was the only artificial sweetener available. I had not been avle to sweeten my cereal, have any kind of sweetened beverage, no lemonade, etc until we had saccharin. There were no sugar free soft drinks either for a long time.
Hey Richard. You the man!!! I have not forgotten about lunch one day but have been very hectic around the office.
Hi Ray! I am available most any day. I am going to Minneapolis, Oct 12-17 fot their diabetes expo, and to meet a dozen or so diabetes friends from It will be great to finally meet these people. Most of them live in the Twin Cities region.
Enjoy your trip.
I didn't know about carbs until 1988, when I read about our needing to restrict carbs in a magazine. That was 43 years after my diagnosis. My doctors told me very little. Even now, 90% of what I know about diabetes was gathered here on the online support groups, from Google research, and in a few books I have read. My doctors provided my prescriptions, but they taught me very little about diabetes.

Yes, Testape was yellow, and turned shades of green when exposed to urine. The darker the shade, the higher the glucose level.
Happy belated birthday, Richard! You keep on truckin'!
Thanks, Emily!
Happy birthday Richard! 66 years is quite an accomplishment! I'm new here, and people like you are the reason I joined. I look forward to many more stories about people who have lived with diabetes for so long and have lived happy, healthy lives!
Hi David, thanks! There is a book you might enjoy, it is called "50 Secrets of the Longest Living People With Diabetes", by Sheri Colberg and Steven Edelman.
Happy birthday! I am 20 years old and your story makes me feel so positive and hopeful for my future too! Many thanks!
I am always pleased to hear that my longevity, and good health can give hope to other diabetics. Good luck to you!
Thank you so much for sharing. You are my Hero! I am nearing my 20th anniversary and feel very hopeful about the future. I have two small children, a wonderful husband and really just an all around beautiful life. I work very hard to balance it all and stay healthy.... very successfully I might add! It is so nice to see your post and know that the effort is well worth it. You are such an inspiration to those of us putting in the many hours and effort to stay healthy! Thank you.




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