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 thought it would be 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 of 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 of other longshot possibilities – Fairview Southdale and Children’s. I think I’ll send a records request off to Fairview Southdale first, just because I think I would have remembered Children’s 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, and Senior Community Manager at Blue Circle Health. Living life with diabetes and telling my story. All opinions expressed are my own and do not necessarily represent my employer’s position. Read more…

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