Celebrating 40 Years

Diabetes Education Centre Stories

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In the beginning
It began with two visionaries and a hospital led by the forward-thinking Sisters of St. Joseph, who were open, always, to the possibilities.
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Teaching an old dog new tricks...

Teaching an old dog new tricks
I took up running at age 50. About a year later, I was diagnosed as type 2... This was around 2004. I had just finished my first half marathon and thought I'd keep going and train for a full marathon, but I had lost 25 prounds...
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Phyllis, the fearless warrior

Phyllis, the fearless warrior
At age 86, a petite Phyllis Gray guides her walker carefully but at a surprisingly pace through the halls of her North London retirement home...As a type 1 diabetic I'm subject to all the temptations...
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The temptations of peanut brittle

The Temptations of Peanut Brittle
Once upon a time, my wife and I decided to treat ourselves and go out and see a movie. As a type 1 diabetic I'm subject to all the temptations...
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Joining the half century club

Joining the half century club
In the world of diabetes treatment, education and research, they are considered warriors. Diagnosed 50 or more years ago, these patients struggled through...
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I remember when...

I remember when
Do you remember your parents or grandparents saying 'you young people have it so easy. When I was young we had to walk to school rain or shine and uphill...
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Challenging journey...

Challenging journey
In the early 1970s I developed a condition called Graves' Disease (Graves exopathalmopathy-hypo thyroid variety).This condition was treated by the head of endocrinology...
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A life-changing decision...

A life changing decision
I was 18 years old when I found out I had diabetes. I was put on insulin. At 18 years old I had no clue about how I should look after myself. I was in and out of hospital all the time...
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An abundance of support

An abundance of support
Recently I was walking in the halls of St. Joseph's Hospital, London. The surroundings looked fresher than I remember them 59 years earlier. While walking, I suddenly realized that, almost...


Just a way of life

Just a way of life
I remember the day I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. It was 46 years ago. I can tell you what the wallpaper looked like in my parent's room and the layout of the furniture...
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Just a way of life

Taking diabetes in stride
In February of 1978 when I was almost 18 years old I went to the doctor because I thought I had a cold in my kidneys. I had to go to the bathroom a lot and I often got colds...
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Last updated: Fri, 2015-08-28 12:38