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Product Details

  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450515967
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450515962
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,506,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 diabetesdaily.com 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

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A must read.....l LOVED This Book!!!
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Richard has written an inspiring story for all type 1 diabetics to look towards with encouragement and a positive attitude!
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I just finished reading the author's very interesting book and enjoyed it so much.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marta Dabros on April 6, 2010
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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 By Mary F. Hurt on April 4, 2010
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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 By Cathy Van De Moortele on March 17, 2010
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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 By K. Keller on March 20, 2010
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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 By RAYT721 on July 3, 2010
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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 By Rebecca J. Gagne on April 1, 2010
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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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