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Beating The Odds: 64 Years Of Diabetes Health [Kindle Edition]

Richard A Vaughn
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This is the story of my 64 years with diabetes. It gives my diabetes history and some of my autobiography. Online friends have wanted to know what it was like to be a diabetic in the 1940's and beyond. This will be explored here and carried to the present day. Many topics are discussed, including causes of Type 1 diabetes, how some Type 1 diabetics have lived so long without complications, the Joslin Medalist Program and my participation in the Joslin Medalist Study. There are many pictures dating as far back as the 1930's.

My online blogs of my past have been very popular. Hundreds of replies say I have given inspiration and hope for the future of many of my diabetic readers and their families. My hope is that I can do the same for those of you who read this book.

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About the Author

Born in Roanoke, VA on Sept.10, 1939 1945 - Diagnosed with diabetes 1957 - Graduated at Andrew Lewis High School in Salem, VA 1961 - Earned BS degree in Mathematics at Roanoke College, Salem, VA 1963 - Earned MS degree in Statistics at VA Tech in Blacksburg, VA 1963 - First full time college teaching position at Bridgewater College, VA 1964 - Married Anita Ellis from Falls Church, VA 1966 - Birth of first son, David Vaughn 1969 - Birth of second son Gary Vaughn 1970 - Family moved to Kingston, NY 1970 - Began teaching at Ulster County Community College, Stone Ridge, NY 1990 - Promoted to Professor 1997 - Retired from teaching 2003 - Birth of grand daughter, Vanessa 2006 - 2009 - Joined diabetes websites and gave help to many diabetics, shared my experiences and past with support group members 2007 - Birth of grandson, Jason 2008 - My series of blogs online became an ebook on 2008 - Appeared in an article in the Diabetes Forecast magazine 2009 - Received the Joslin Medal for 50 years of living with Type 1 diabetes 2009 - Participated in the Joslin Medalist Study in Boston

Product Details

  • File Size: 1152 KB
  • Print Length: 212 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1450515967
  • Publisher: Richard A Vaughn (March 2, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003M5IQ0Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #950,666 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspirational story straight from the heart April 6, 2010
As a type 1 diabetic, I was greatly inspired by the author's story and read the entire book the day I got it. The author chronicles his childhoood, young adulthood, and adult life with type 1 diabetes, just a few decades after insulin was discovered and before diabetes was really understood (in the beginning years, there was no such thing as a glucose meter or carbohydrate counting for many years, he had to boil his syringes to sterilize them!) Yet, the author has lived into his senior years, for over 60 years with type 1 diabetes, and has come out of it without any serious complications. In the calming, honest way that he weaves his story, and as his life story reveals itself, the author proves that it is never too late to take charge of your body and your diabetes management and to live a long, healthy life with diabetes -- a message that truly spoke to me as a type 1 diabetic and that is bound to inspire other disheartened and discouraged diabetics.

But you don't have to have diabetes to enjoy this book, written straight from the author's heart. In fact, I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in the early years of diabetes management techniques and to those trying to get a better understanding of what it is like to live with this condition. Most of all, I recommend it to those who are struggling to find motivation, information, and inspiration -- this man is a calming force and living proof that life with good diabetes control is possible.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Richard Vaughn has survived 64 years with Type 1 diabetes---something which may not seem so remarkable to those who have only known of diabetes in the late 20th/early 21st centuries. Beyond his own interesting revelation of his life and how it was shaped and challenged by diabetes, it was FASCINATING to hear first hand how primitive the tools were for ascertaining the amount of excess sugars, the crudeness of the tools, the complete lack of awareness of the disease, even among phsicians putting themselves forward as experts.

Richard has made a huge, personal contribution to our understanding of how far we've come in managing diabetes. His health today, his positive outlook, his ability to adapt to new strategies should give us all great hope for more and better solutions---and look toward the cure we all know is possible!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wisdom March 17, 2010
I have been looking forward to this book for many months. I'm so glad Richard finally had the chance to publish his autobiography. His wisdom will be of much help to many diabetics all over the world. Not that many people can say they have had diabetes type 1 for 64 years, without having any complications. I'm impressed Richard. Thank you for putting so much effort in helping your colleague-diabetics.

Love from Belgium..
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hope for diabetic people March 20, 2010
If you want to read a book that will encourage you and teach you about diabetes management, then Richard's book is one you will enjoy. I met Richard through an online diabetes forum. He was always willing to answer my questions about diabetes no matter how silly my questions were or how often I asked them. If it had not been for Richard's help and gentle guidance to keep trying to manage my blood sugar in the proper way, I am not quite sure if I would be here today. He gave me hope for the future when I was discouraged about having diabetes. He is a person that I am honored and proud to call my friend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reasons for 5 Star Ratings ***** July 3, 2010
By RAYT721
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I would think this review makes the tenth review with a FIVE star rating and there's a very good reason for that... Mr. Vaughn's book is fantastic!!! I don't know Richard personally but I know of him from his sensitivity and contributions to the various online diabetic websites that we both belong to. I was so engrossed in the book the other night that my wife asked, "well, what do you think?" and I think my response to her will make the most glowing testimonial as I explained that the author writes in a very concise and conversational tone. I briefly reviewed the book to my wife as "I feel as though the author is writing an email directly to me."

At first I thought Richard's lessons would not have meaning to me. I mean, Richard is a Type I and I'm a Type II. Richard takes insulin and has a pump. I am not even on meds at this time. But there are many lessons in the book but above and beyond that, the title "Beating the Odds" is appropriate. Richard's book features periods of sadness and periods of humor but throughout the book consistent periods of love and support and respect from his family and to his family. This book is truly inspirational, motivational and educational.

I have no reservations in recommending this worthwhile book to the diabetic and to their supporters. Richard is proof of success in life, diabetes, as a friend, as a family member, and as a remarkable person.

This is a "must read" in my opinion.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beating the odds: 64 years of diabetes health April 1, 2010
To say that I was impressed with the book would be an understatement. I loved it! Yes I suppose Im a little prejudice because I like and admire Richard but it really is that good and well written. This book is real and honest, it doesnt sugar coat the truth or try to minimize life with type 1 diabetes. It tells us about Richards life in rich detail that makes me feel like Ive known him for years.

There are parts of this book that made me smile and laugh. Richard has a great sense of humor and a zest for life that shines through in the book. There are parts that made me sad, I admit that I cried for that little boy that was led to a dark room to eat an apple alone while everyone else enjoyed cake and lemonade. I got angry with a pompous doctor that had Richard read a stupid, foolish chart about life expectancy. Most of all I saw hope in this book and a person living life to the fullest, finding joy in his wife and children. Finding purpose in his work and sharing his story with others.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Candid
Simple to follow and a pleasure to have read, Richard A. Vaughn is quite candid in sharing his life and times with diabetes. It is a baffling, pandemic disease.
Published 6 months ago by Andrea K. Roth
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This account of one man's sucessful journey with type 1 ddiabetes is inspiring & very informative 7 written from the patient'sviewpoint.
Published 13 months ago by American Lady
4.0 out of 5 stars A very nice and inspiring story
Way to go Richard! As a type 1 for 48 years myself it is great to read about others who are living productive, relatively healthy lives. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Beachpups
5.0 out of 5 stars beating the odd 64 years of diabetes
As an endocrinologist, I encourage people to think of themselves as a person with diabetes, and not as a diabetic. Read more
Published 19 months ago by diabetic survival kit
2.0 out of 5 stars This book was ok.... not the quality writing I was hoping for
I ordered this book hoping for some inspiration being a Type 1 Diabetic myself....... I was really disappointed. It is not professionally published or edited. Read more
Published on April 26, 2012 by KCookieCakes
5.0 out of 5 stars Great insights from a wise man
Beating the Odds is the story of one man's journey through life with Type 1 diabetes. This journey is historically interesting, inspiring, sometimes humorous, but always hopeful. Read more
Published on December 29, 2011 by Bea Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars So easy to read - inspiring
This was such a sweet book to read. The goodness of this person shines through his writing. Makes you appreciate that even the best people have to go through some hardships in life... Read more
Published on August 6, 2011 by kareen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, wonderful read.
Richard paints such a wonderful picture of life in simpler times. Straight forward, honest, hard working times, with a medical problem that was little known, and little understood. Read more
Published on May 29, 2011 by Lloyd Mann
5.0 out of 5 stars FABULOUS BOOK!!!
I have read and re-read Richards story. It is inspirational! It is also a Love Story and touched my heart. He is a part of Diabetes History! Read more
Published on March 16, 2011 by Roger Piffer
5.0 out of 5 stars Diabetes Gold!
Beating the Odds - 64 Years of Diabetes Health by Richard Vaughn is a well written and inspirational account of thriving with the struggles of type 1 diabetes before the times of... Read more
Published on January 29, 2011 by Phil e
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