Type 1 folks who lived to a ripe old age are not so unusual now. Even in the early 1900s, just a few years after insulin was discovered, there were people diagnosed who lived into their 80's and 90's.
Bob Cleveland was diagnosed in 1925 when he was 5, and lived until he was 89.
Bob's brother, Gerald, was diagnosed in 1934 when he was 18, and lived until he was 93.
These brothers really inspire me. I was diagnosed in 1945, when I was 6, and have been type 1 for 71 years. The tools available and the knowledge for diabetes management are so much better now. When I read about people like the Cleveland brothers, it makes me feel I might live to be 100, or more. I need heroes, too. :)
Here is the story of Bob and Gerald Cleveland: