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Richard157 replied to Emily Coles's discussion 'Ask Manny!!!'
"Emily, that pic of Manny makes him look rather shy! LOL Are you sure he is ready to answer questions? Just kidding, Manny is an excellent resource for the things mentioned above. I met Manny at the FFL conference in 2013, and he gave me a big hug!…"
Jul 18
artwoman replied to Richard157's discussion 'You Did Not Take Good Care Of Yourself???' in the group Type1 for 30 Plus Years
"Elsa, I really like your answering their statements with "do you know what you're talking about". I'm gonna start using that as a response and a chance to provide good info. Thanks. (of course, no guarantee that I won't get…"
Jul 17
Elsa replied to Richard157's discussion 'You Did Not Take Good Care Of Yourself???' in the group Type1 for 30 Plus Years
"Theirs is a touchy question. Yes, it's been asked and I answer by asking back 'do you know what you're talking about?' That usually gets them wondering if they do. If they continue, I explain we're all susceptible to varying…"
Jul 17
Sensorium139 replied to Richard157's discussion 'Repeated Hypoglycemia May Not Cause Brain Damage'
"Exactly the kind of doctor I wouldn't want lol. My endo seems to be pretty flexible with how I manage it, as how I manage it is what works for me. "
Jul 15
Richard157 replied to Richard157's discussion 'Repeated Hypoglycemia May Not Cause Brain Damage'
"That sounds great, I wish I had that experience with a T1 endo. My endo has a lot of experience, but she kinda goes by the book, and expects all of us to follow the same pattern, without much variation. I cannot convince her that we are all…"
Jul 14
Dave replied to Richard157's discussion 'Repeated Hypoglycemia May Not Cause Brain Damage'
"Seems I offended you. Not sure how/why, but sorry I did! Do people die from hypoglycemia? Even today? Sure do. Just sayin'... Also, while there are plenty of well-experienced diabetics on this site who certainly need no cajoling from me to…"
Jul 14
Dave replied to Richard157's discussion 'Repeated Hypoglycemia May Not Cause Brain Damage'
"I'm spiritually cutting her some slack, because it never feels good to be harsh. I gotta wonder, though, what kind of training did she have? What are nurses taught about diabetes, and diabetes management? This seems like an awfully gross…"
Jul 14
Sensorium139 replied to Richard157's discussion 'Repeated Hypoglycemia May Not Cause Brain Damage'
"Richard, my endo has type 1, and has had it for at least 40 years. It is a lot easier I THINK to have an endo with type 1. My endo was diagnosed at the same age as me  (and his daughter was also diagnosed in her 20's with type 1, complete…"
Jul 14

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The PRIMARY person in my life who has diabetes is
1 or more of my friends
The PRIMARY person in my life who has diabetes has
Type 1 or type 1.5 (LADA) diabetes
How do you hope to benefit from TuDiabetes?
Friendly discussions on diabetes issues and a sense of humor.
Date diagnosed
September 15, 1945
Most recent HbA1C %, date of result (optional)
Type of treatment/devices you use
What pump model do you use, if any?
MM 523
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Tell us more about you (optional)
Type 1 for 68 years, have Joslin 50 year medal, will get 75 year medal in 2020, no complications except some mild nerve damage.
Retired math professor, living in the Catskills region, NY.
I like to help parents online who have T1 kids. They appreciate my letting them know that their kids can have long healthy lives, and can do anything they want, if they have good control.

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I Am A Prisoner In My Own Home

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 5:14pm 30 Comments

Anita and I have been married for 46 years. I was a diabetic for 19 years before we were married in 1964. She was only 20 then, and knew nothing about diabetes. I rarely had insulin reactions back then. There was very little known about diabetes care. The monitors for measuring blood sugar levels were not available until the mid 1980s, and there was almost no useful advise given by my doctors. When I became more educated about diabetes, and had a doctor who knew a lot about diabetes, I started… Continue

My Sad, but Funny, History With Carbs

Posted on July 29, 2010 at 6:21pm 11 Comments

In one chapter of my book (published in March, 2010) I recalled several things from the history of diabetes. One paragraph from that chapter is given here:

"There were two schools of thought in the 17'th century. One theory proposed replacing the sugar lost in the urine by following a diet high in carbohydrates. The…


62 Years Of Type 1......CHAPTER 3

Posted on March 28, 2008 at 6:17pm 0 Comments


Before I was diabetic Daddy drove a milk truck and delivered milk to people's homes. Mother was always a stay at home Mom and there was barely enough income to pay the rent on the house and put food on the table. A few years later Daddy applied for a job at the Roanoke Post Office and was accepted. The salary was substantially larger and that was when we made a down payment on the 10 acres that became our farm.

The house across the street from ours was huge and… Continue


Posted on March 27, 2008 at 7:30am 0 Comments


Prior to the discovery of insulin there were several treatments for diabetes. Those treatments included bleeding, opium, starvation, exercise and diets. A diet low in carbs and high in fat and protein was sometimes used. Without the availability of insulin these treatments extended the lives of diabetics by approximately one year.

Insulin was discovered in 1921 and became available to the general public in 1923. The first insulin was taken from pigs and cows by a… Continue

62 Years Of Type 1 Diabetes, My Story

Posted on March 24, 2008 at 6:00pm 22 Comments


Some of my friends on asked me to write about my 62 years as a Type 1 diabetic. I have done so and my story has been presented on that site in a 21 chapter format. I have included many autobiographical parts of my life as well.

I have spoken to Manny and he wants me to post my story here on this wonderful site.

The fact that I am alive and well today, after 62 years of diabetes, is due in large part to my Mother and my precious… Continue

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At 6:35am on May 29, 2014, Glucose Gal said…

Richard I appreciate all the diabetic friends I can find. How are you this fine morning?

At 10:12am on April 23, 2014, _Danny_ said…

Hello Richard. Hope all is well in your life? :)

At 9:11am on December 4, 2013, Laura K, Sanofi US Diabetes said…

Thank you for taking the time to share your story, Richard. It’s on Discuss Diabetes now. Best, Laura K.

At 4:38am on November 7, 2013, Linda G said…

You're a FEATURED MEMBER!! BRAVO Richard!!

At 6:30pm on November 4, 2013, rick the "Blogabetic" said…

Richard, congratulations on being named a featured member of the week.

At 4:49pm on October 18, 2013, Clare said…

I never even thought of that but that makes perfect sense. It's probably why this C peptide replacement will be a separate injection, but at least it is only once a week. I can live with that.

At 12:04pm on October 18, 2013, Clare said…

Hey Richard, I wanted to let you know I have been accepted in to the C peptide replacement therapy trial at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. It is a double blind study so I could be injecting myself with saline solution once a week for the next year, but I do hope this turns out to be a useful neuroprotective hormone. It's a shame the new analog insulins didn't take C peptide in to account when they were being formulated. here is a link to the trial. Hope this finds you felling well.

At 4:05am on September 30, 2013, Terrie said…

Hello Richard!! :)

Thank you so much for telling me about Jeff. I hadn’t heard of him. I had been to the Children With Diabetes site many times years ago but I didn’t know about him nor did I ask who created the site. I used to enjoy reading what the parents had to say concerning their children. They reminded me of many issues my Mom had to deal with when we were Kids. That is interesting that Jeff started the FFL conferences also.

I know of a few other Fathers, Husbands or other Family members who have done similar, as you do know too. That is so wonderful of them to create organizations, companies, therapies, etc due to a loved one having Diabetes or other disease. Thank you for explaining to me about Jeff.

3500??? Wow! I didn’t realize that many people were at the FFL Conference. No wonder you had so much Fun. Yes, I’m sure that you are excited about going to the FFL in 2015. I’m excited for you. :D

Thank you Richard. I'm happy that they live near us also. I can understand how hard it would be for Anita to just up and move. That is a huge and tiresome job at any age. Not to mention missig the area and Friends, etc. But I can also see how it makes you feel not being able to see your Kids as often as you like to. That’s too bad. Maybe sometime there will be a change and you’s will be able to connect more often. I’m sure that your GrandKids would enjoy talking to you on Skpe, if you still use it. Yes, I realize it’s not the same as being with them though.

I’ve always enjoyed talking to you too Richard.

Another beautiful week coming up. I better enjoy the sunshine while I can get it.

Have a Good one Richard. :)


At 11:30pm on September 21, 2013, Terrie said…

Looks like you had an important reason to start flying Richard or you wouldn’t have been able to see your Dear Kids and Grandkids, too often. One of our Kids lives closeby and the other lives in centre town here about 15 minutes away. We’re so Happy that they are near us.

Yes, I could see your point about flying being more routine through time. I am amazed that Anita was willing to go but understandably you and your Kids are her Life now. I know that she missed them too much. The trip would be much cheaper for you than us since you live way closer to Florida than we do. I am Happy that you were able to go. I’m sure you and Anita will enjoy the conference in 2015.

I’m surprised that you were the only long-termer there. Well, of course you are their Hero and inspiration. Ha! You know that you are my Hero too and Good Friend. That sounds Fantastic that your flight may be paid for you. You are well worth the cost to them and then some. Here’s hoping that they pay for Anita also.

Does Jeff Hitchcock have Diabetes also? Is that why he started the FFL Conferences?

Phil and I were hoping to meet you and Anita also when we thought you were coming to Ottawa. But alas we were both disappointed. Oh well, we can only do what we can do, eh Richard? Maybe we’ll win a million someday and they could roll us up in comforters and put us in the luggage area, so that we wouldn’t know that we were flying. Hmmm! Plan B! Take a Limo to New York and Florida! :D

Your Welcome Richard. I always enjoy talking to you, my Friend. Thank you!!

Have a Fine Day Richard,


At 2:16am on September 19, 2013, Terrie said…

So sorry that this is a later note but we were gone away for a while.

I know that you love these get-togethers and similar ones Richard. I’m pleased that you get to go to them. I’m hoping that good health always permits you.

Yes, that would be Wonderful Richard but planes scare the bejeebers out of both of us plus Disney World visit would kill our pocketbooks and then some. I hear it costs about $450. by the time you leave Disney World and area. :D You know that I’m a big kid at heart , so I’d need one of each ride and one of each game, toy and souvenir(sp) not to forget food when I get low from all the Fun. I know even going to Niagara Falls and area costs an arm and a leg .:D Why weren’t you born on this side of the border Richard??? LOL!
I do hope and pray that you’ll recover easily from both surgeries and that you have pain free knees again. I forget what that feels like. ;o) Let me know how that goes please.




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