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How To Become A Joslin Medalist


There is a link below containing information about the Joslin Medalist Program. They want proof that you have been a diabetic for at least 50 years. When I saw that form a few years ago I thought I could not join because my parents were deceased, my doctor from my diagnosis year was deceased and the hospital where I was admitted keeps records for only the past 10 years. I had no proof I had diabetes for at least 50 years. Then I found that I could have my sister and cousin write letters telling about their memories of what happened in those early years after I was diagnosed . They sent their letters to me and I sent them along with my application form to the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, MA. They were accepted as proof and I received the medal.

If you want the medal, you have had diabetes for at least 50 years, and you have proof then it is easy to apply. If you do not have proof then you can have people who knew you during the year you were diagnosed or the next few years after the diagnosis write letters for you. Two or three letters are requested if there is no other proof you can give them.
Here is the link containing the application form. You have to use a printer and run off a copy of the application form. You can also call Joslin and tell them you are applying and ask questions.


http://www.joslin.or....t_program.html

The person you can contact for additional information is given below:

Sarah.Turek@joslin.harvard.edu

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Edited by princesslinda, 18 July 2011 - 11:42 AM.

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Richard157

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The link in the original post is outdated. Here is the current link for applying for the medal. Click on the appropriate topic in the left hand column.

Medalist Program | Joslin Diabetes Center
Type 1 for 68 years, A1c = 6.1, pump with MM 523 Revel, I have good health.

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Thanks to you both. In January, I will hit 46 years. I think I will ask my mom to write a letter now. I used to have a diary in my 11-year old handwriting, not sure if I still do.
-Susan
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Thank you for posting this. I have a long way to go to hit 50 years, but find it so inspiring to read/know that there are those out there that are strong and healthy.
~Steph
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Richard157

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Steph, there are thousands of Joslin medalists and many more waiting in the wings. I have read recent articles that say that the life expectancy of type 1 diabetics in the US is very close to that of non diabetics. If we take good care of ourselves we can have long, healthy lives.

Richard
Type 1 for 68 years, A1c = 6.1, pump with MM 523 Revel, I have good health.

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Thanks, Richard! I just got my 25 year certificate in the mail, today. You continue to inspire.
~Steph
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Type I (age 6), Minimed Pump User (age 18)
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Current A1C: 5.5%
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Richard157

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Very good, Steph! Many people do not realize there is a 25 year certificate. There are also many people who do not realize there are medals offered for 50 and 75 years of type 1. I found out in 2006, and had been T1 for 61 years at that time.
Type 1 for 68 years, A1c = 6.1, pump with MM 523 Revel, I have good health.

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There is a spot on the website (it seems new) that is for people for submit a picture of themselves with their medal and their story. Richard, I thought of you and didn't know if you knew they had started to do this.

Joslin 50 Year Medalist Study | Joslin Diabetes Center
~Steph
32 Years Old
Type I (age 6), Minimed Pump User (age 18)
Proud Mommy of two girls: Silver (July '10) and Izzy (Aug '11) (They are 13 months apart)
Current A1C: 5.5%
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Richard157

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Thanks Steph, I have considered submitting my story, but haven't done so. After I wrote my book that is being sold on amazon.com, I have not been inspired to write my story again, and again,.... Lol!
Type 1 for 68 years, A1c = 6.1, pump with MM 523 Revel, I have good health.

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Makes perfect sense. I will have to get your book.
~Steph
32 Years Old
Type I (age 6), Minimed Pump User (age 18)
Proud Mommy of two girls: Silver (July '10) and Izzy (Aug '11) (They are 13 months apart)
Current A1C: 5.5%
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I might have to try that . . . provided I live another six years. (Thanks for the information!)
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