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I Wanna Be a Medalist.

Last night was a thrashfest of grossly high blood sugars. I somehow cleanly disconnected my pump site while I was sleeping, having the high alarms from the Dexcom going off all night and then the low cartridge alarm going off this morning and ended up swapping out my pump early this morning after taking an injection ... blargh - it was a diabetes clustereff.  I woke up feeling mad at diabetes.

But then I remembered that even though one night is crap, there's still today. I can still do this.  And you can do this

I want to be a Joslin medalist.  (And in my head, when I say that, the words smush together:  "I wannabe a Joslin med'ist.")  And sometimes after a really crummy night with diabetes nonsense, I think of those people who have been living with type 1 diabetes for fifty or more years, and I'm inspired - again - to keep moving forward.



Thank you Kerri for posting this. Your posts always seem to come at exactly the right time for me! Yesterday was a bumpy wicked nasty roller coaster ride (as seen on my Dex) and it was pretty frustrating.

I attend a support group with a woman who has had diabetes for 53 years and she's such a positive force. Anytime I get down on myself or my diabetes I watch videos like this to remind myself that YES!! I CAN do this!! One day at a time. :)

we are having a clusterfeff here too. thanks for this.

I feel like we need to write a diabetes-centric version of the Bruno Mars song.

"I wanna be a med'list, so freaking bad..."

Not only can you do this, Kerri, you are doing this. I'm proud of how well you do. Clustereff's happen. Rage, cry, or laugh your butt off at them, and then get back up and dance again. You are doing this diabetes dance well and I have learned from you. Reminding yourself that other people have done it for 50+ years is incredibly encouraging. Thank you for sharing it with us.

We All Can Do This!!! :{)]

Great Video

Thank you so much for your inspirational post, Kerri!!

I can definitely relate to the sleepless nights when I seem to be woken again and again by my Dexcom alerts. Though I'm usually grateful they're false alarms, they nonetheless intrude in my gaining a full, restful sleep.


Unless I'm hit by a bus, I'll probably be a 50 year medalist 4 years from now. Believe me, I really want it. A big part of me is going to be very proud of myself. But believe me, too, when I say that I didn't do it so much as it just sort of happened. I'm one lucky s.o.b..

By the way, did the boys from Camp Joslin still come over to Clara Barton for dances when you were there?

Agreed, Kerri. You ARE doing this. In talking to my mom who's received a 50 year Joslin medal, she talks about how it doesn't seem like she's done anything special to reach that level. Just live. See that same mantra in those you've interviewed. It's those stories that are most inspiring to me, because it's not about doing something specific to get to that level. It's about just carrying on and doing what we do, as best we can. You ARE doing this!

It is hard not to cry with joy at this (what can I say, as I am pregnant with the kid I was told once I'd never have due to this disease)! We all want it so much, and God-willing we will all make it here some day. Thank you for reminding me that spilled milk is just that, and there is a reason to keep up keeping up, or down.

I WILL be a 50 year medalist. Granted, I will be 71 at the time. But it WILL happen unless there is a cure!

I've been wanting to be a medalist ever since I learned about it. I'm more than halfway there. But I guess being a medalist also means being 57 years old and having kids in college... I'm not quite ready for that!

I am not a joslin patient, I did not go to camp, but I am a survivor. 40 years.....I surprise myself with my survival skills.

I've got about 32 years until I am eligible, and I hope that day will never come.... because they will have found a cure before then.

Thank you. These 50 year veterans really cheer me up. It is a lot of hard work. I hope I will be able to look as good. 26 more years will make me 80 years old. What a goal. Thanks for sharing Keri.

This brought tears to my eyes. Seeing what diabetes treatment had to offer in the 50s those medalists are not only heros, but often also pioneers - and more than we they had to sit out their hassels alone, without experienced doctors or the internet and its wonderful DOC.

What a wonderful inspiring video! It's always great to see something positive about living with diabetes, especially on a down day! Everyone of us can be a medalist!

Not gonna lie...I got a little teary while watching this. I just celebrated my 20 year diabetesary (diabetes anniversary). Seeing these medalists gives me inspiration and hope for another 30 years!

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