Barbara Wagler was 12 years old on Feb. 10, 1936 when her mother took her to get a Valentine’s Sundae at a local ice cream shop. That sundae sent Barbara to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
Seventy-six years later, Barbara stood on stage at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston to receive her 75-Year Medal, only the 51st to ever be awarded by Joslin.
Barbara has been successful in her self-care with a positive, but realistic, attitude. “Each day, you have to get up and say ‘you have to be better than you were yesterday,’” she said. “You have to fight. And I get mad sometimes because I think my fight is gone. But it isn’t, because I’m going to fight ‘til I die.”