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Diabetes Journey Award

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Arden's Day is a type I diabetes care giver blog written by author Scott Benner. Scott has been a stay-at-home dad since 2000, he is the author of the award winning parenting memoir, 'Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal'. Arden's Day is an honest and transparent look at life with diabetes - since 2007.

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Diabetes Journey Award

Scott Benner

Lilly Diabetes has a wonderful recognition program for people living with diabetes called the ' Lilly Diabetes Journey Award'. This award is (well was) given to people who reached the milestones of 25, 50 and 75 years or more of living with diabetes. 

I said "well was" because just recently the award has been expanded to include a 10 year celebration.

from Lilly's Website:

At Lilly Diabetes, we recognize that every person with type 1 diabetes is on a unique and challenging lifelong journey. But they’re not alone—Lilly Diabetes works hard to not only help patients overcome the daily challenges of managing diabetes, but also celebrate their milestones along the way.

That’s why the Lilly Diabetes Journey Awards program recognizes and honors individuals who have successfully managed their type 1 diabetes over a long period of time. By honoring people who have long been successful, these awards not only help them to keep moving ahead, but also help to inspire others to believe that they can do it, too.

The Lilly Diabetes Journey Awards program, formerly known as LillyforLife, recognizes diabetes patients in the United States who have successfully managed their disease with the help of insulin for 10, 25, 50, or 75 years or more. As of 2014, the 10-year award, which honors patients who have successfully managed type 1 diabetes for 10 years, is being introduced to the program. We know that a type 1 diabetes diagnosis is a life-changing event, whether it happens at age 5 or 25. And successfully managing it for the first 10 years can help establish success for a lifetime—which we look forward to celebrating again at 25-, 50-, and 75-year milestones along the way.

Since 1975, Lilly has presented thousands of medals to people with diabetes who have continued to use insulin, and with the addition of the 10-year award, we look forward to presenting even more.

Those selected for the Lilly Diabetes Journey Awards program serve as an inspiration to all people with diabetes for learning how to manage their disease and adapting to the ever-changing technology of diabetes care throughout their diabetes journey.

I find it difficult to believe but Arden will have type I diabetes for ten years in 2016 and I am definitely going to apply for her ten year medal when that day arrives.

More about the award from Lilly

Medals are presented to patients in the United States throughout the year. Each recipient receives an elegant award, beautifully engraved with their name.

The 75-year award winners are also invited to have their names engraved on a special monument on the Lilly Campus. This serves as a testament to a life with type 1 diabetes well-lived for recipients and how the heritage of Eli Lilly and Company continues to connect with people living with type 1 diabetes today.

Today, applying for or nominating a patient for this award is easier than ever. Healthcare professionals, caregivers, and patients managing diabetes in the United States can complete and submit the Lilly Diabetes Journey Awards application by clicking the appropriate links below.

Those links can be found here.