Merle Gleeson, founder of Type 1 Diabetes Lounge
Merle was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1963, when medical conditions were not openly discussed and there was little support for families and children who were struggling with this disease. In 1997 Merle founded Type 1 Diabetes Lounge as a forum for education and support for adults with type 1 diabetes in the Chicago area.
Lynn Wickwire, Consumer advocate at Joslin Diabetes Center
Lynn Wickwired has been involved in health policy work for a decade. He is married with a son, daughter and 2 granddaughters. Lynn has lived with diabetes for 70 years and uses an insulin pump and CGM.
Diagnosed with diabetes in 1945, after 69 years Richard has no severe diabetes-related complications. A former college math teacher, Richard has been married for 50 years, has 2 sons and 2 grandkids, and is a local celebrity on TuDiabetes for his longevity with diabetes and consistent, positive presence in the community. He eagerly helps fellow PWD on several online networks, including a facebook group for Joslin Gold Medalists, in addition to his friends on TuDiabetes.
Dan Fleshler, The Insulin Chronicles
Dan was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 1962, and for the next 50+ years he knew more details about the Boston Red Sox than about the inner workings of his body. In 2012 Dan decided to read everything he could about diabetes, hoping to learn about its link to depression, which had plagued him for much of his life. Read his blog to learn what happened next, and his recent article in Diabetes Mine about Medicare and CGM.
Joanne Milo, The Savvy Diabetic
Joanne has had Type 1 diabetes for over 48 years. When she was diagnosed, at the age of 11, the tools available to manage and control diabetes were minimal. Urine testing and animal insulin, no insulin pumps or HbA1c testing, and certainly no CGMS.
In the past 5 years Joanne has been hospitalized several times, and has written a book about surviving the system.