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Speaking At A Type 1 Conference

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Treating Hypos

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Testing Kids For Type 1

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Marcia replied to Richard157's discussion 'The Top 23 Low Carb Snacks'
"Microwaved American cheese makes great "bread" for low carb "sandwiches"."
Richard157 replied to Richard157's discussion 'Speaking At A Type 1 Conference'
"Thanks Terry, and Judith, encouragement always helps! The question I am asked most often online is how have I managed to live so long without any serious complications. So I will definitely dwell on my past for a good part of the session."
Feb 22
Terry replied to Richard157's discussion 'Speaking At A Type 1 Conference'
"Richard, Due to your lengthy experience with diabetes, I think any audience of diabetics would like to hear about some of the older treatment methods you used that have since gone by the wayside. For example, when I first started on insulin, I was…"
Feb 22
Judith in Portland replied to Richard157's discussion 'Speaking At A Type 1 Conference'
"Hey---Congratulations. I know you will do a bang up job and it's great to collect questions from all the folks that won't be able to get there. I look forward to your reports on the conference!.....Judith"
Feb 22
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Speaking At A Type 1 Conference

I am going to be a speaker at the Friends For Life type 1 conference in July, in Orlando. Most of the 90 minutes will be devoted to questions and answers. I am collecting questions online from T1D's in several groups. Maybe you members here can suggest some topics/questions that will give me some good ideas for my presentation.The conference was created in the year 2000 for T1 kids and their families. July is chosen since that seems to be the only month that all children are out of school.Here…See More
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The PRIMARY person in my life who has diabetes is
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 69 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 8 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 7:39pm on January 11, 2015, FatCatAnna said…

Hey Richard - even though we live so close (Kingston is only a 4 hour drive away from Montreal) - I guess we'll finally be meeting up in Las Vegas. My DH has encouraged us to go check out the nipple tassels (more for him then me ), and attend the Diabetes unConference. So excited, this time I won't have to work like I usually do at a diabetic conference .. I can relax .. and have even more fun!!!

At 7:25am on November 25, 2014, Kathy said…

Happy Thanksgiving, Richard.

At 9:00pm on November 9, 2014, Linda G said…

BRAVO on being a FEATURED MEMBER Richard!!

At 1:55pm on August 30, 2014, Marie B said…

Richard, so sorry about that, it was a mistake, just ignore

At 6:35pm on July 25, 2014, Carol said…

Thanks for the suggestion of the photo museum group. I have such a poor memory of my beginning days with Type 1, -not an easy time back then, as you well know. The photos are difficult to see, but they tell our story and represent how far we have advanced.

I'm holding my new T:slim in my hand and remembering how I, as well as others, learned to give ourselves injections by practicing on an orange. I was 12 years old. I'm so excited to get started on the pump, what a gift:)

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 (aka: #blankieboy) said…

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




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