Old Medical Records (Joslins 25 Year Certificate)

Joslin-header_logoI’m a little frustrated. I celebrated my 25 year mark with diabetes this past April. I got interested in getting my 25 year congratulatory certificate from Joslins. I just thought it would be kind of neat to scan it and put it on my blog here. 🙂

I started researching what is required to get registered with Joslins, and the best thing is discharge records from diagnosis.

I’ve lived in Minneapolis my entire life, and there are only a handful of hospitals that I could have gone to. My dad & I can’t remember exactly where I went, and my mom passed away recently, so I can’t ask her (it’s from her that I know it was April of 1980, because I asked her about it a couple years ago). I sent record requests to two of the main candidates (Methodist and Fairview Riverside), but both have returned correspondence indicating that they have no records for me for that time (April of 1980).

I’ve got a couple other longshot possibilities – Fairview Southdale and Childrens. I think I’ll send a records request off to Fairview Southdale first, just because I think I would have remembered Childrens because of its unique “kid friendly” environment.

There are other options that Joslins will accept, but I would really love to see my discharge records from my original diagnosis, so it’s about more than just the certificate now.

For those of you who are “recently” diagnosed, tuck those records away somewhere – you may want to look at them 50 years down the road…

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Scott K. Johnson

Patient voice, speaker, writer, advocate. Living life with diabetes and telling my story. Senior Communications Manager for Roche Diabetes Care (All opinions expressed are my own and do not necessarily represent the position of my employer).

Diagnosed in April of 1980, I recognize the incredible mental struggle of living with diabetes. Read more…