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Battle With Diabetes
 
 
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Introduction
 
     I was diagnosed with Diabetes Mellitus Type 1 (insulin dependent) in 1969. I was 18 months old at the time.  I have chosen to tell my story of my battle with Diabetes to let others know what I had to deal with growing up with the disease.  This story will also go into some of the side effects I battled brought on by the diabetes (including kidney failure).

     I want to make people aware of what diabetes it can do to a person.  I want to help raise money for Diabetes research and education to eventually find a cure for both Type 1 (insulin dependent) and Type 2 (non-insulin dependent - also known as adult onset) Diabetes.  I want to make people aware of kidney disease brought on by Diabetes and help raise money for research and education.
 
     The beginning of my story is based on what my family has told me.  I cannot even tell you what date I was diagnosed because my family did not keep records and my attempts to retrieve hospital records have been unsuccessful. I was unable retrieve the records because I did not have a Social Security number at 18 months old and the hospital claims the records were lost due to hurricane Agnes in 1972.  

     All family members are consistent on how old I was when I was diagnosed.  I was diagnosed at some point while I was 18 months old.  Based on my birth date, which was very early in the month I was born, there is more than a 95% chance I was diagnosed in July 1969.  Neil Armstrong first set foot on the moon at 10:56 pm. Eastern Daylight Time on July 19, 1969, so I may have been diagnosed before or very shortly after the first lunar landing.  If I ever find out this information I will update this section.



 
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