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Phyllis Kaplan

Living with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) for 50 years has been a journey filled with challenges, but also with strength and resilience. I was diagnosed with T1D at the age of two, and since then, it has shaped me into the person I am today.

Every day with T1D feels like a game of chess, requiring me to think several steps ahead at all times. It’s not just about managing blood sugar levels; it’s about navigating the physical and emotional toll that this chronic condition brings.

Throughout my life, I’ve faced various medical challenges due to T1D. From diabetes retinopathy threatening my vision to musculoskeletal issues like frozen shoulder and trigger finger, each obstacle has tested my resolve. Despite the setbacks, I’ve persevered, attending graduate school and even skydiving, refusing to let T1D hold me back.

Managing T1D requires constant vigilance, with over 180 decisions to make each day related to my condition. But despite the hardships, I’ve found ways to adapt and thrive. Participating in clinical trials and advocating for T1D awareness has been my way of making a difference.

As I celebrate my 50th “diaversary,” I reflect on how far we’ve come in T1D care and research. While there’s still progress to be made, I’m hopeful for a future where T1D no longer burdens individuals and families.

Through it all, I’ve learned to celebrate the small victories and cherish each moment. Living with T1D hasn’t stopped me from accomplishing my goals; if anything, it’s pushed me to try harder.

Thriving with T1D
since 1974

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