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Posted: Mar 27, 2015


" To the best of my knowledge, I am the only

diabetic who survived years of imprisonment

in German concentration camps. This is my story "


The above words are the beginning of Ernest Sterzer memoirs written over a dozen pages that can be read in entirety at Dlife .

Ernest was born in Vienna, Austria on April 28th, 1925 and diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 3.

His family were taken eventually to Auschwitz in Poland, and luckily able to bring some of their belongings.  In a small case around his neck, he brought his syringe, needles, and six bottles of insulin.



During his travels by train, they were lost.


What follows after that, makes my complaints of having to use glass syringe, and a needle sharpened on a stone  in the 1980’s seem like a luxury when I returned to the UK for awhile. 

I won't reveal much more than this, but I hope you take the time to read his words.


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Posted: Apr 25, 2010
This is my first step in the world of blogs. I wanted to write about so many things about my diabetes, and now I'm in front of this empty "page" and trying to write something in English with my French brain... Not so easy. 
And to day I'm going to tell you a little  about my friend, my twin as she wrote, Anna... I'm sure everybody know her blog, her work. The first time I saw her on photos and read something about her, I was asking myself : Is she a type 1 like myself?  and yes, she was! And I wasn't American and with her and others friends from America I began to learn so much that I took my time to understand all the informations from them. No I didn't discover the Moon or Mars, I discovered a new life. Maybe it was too late because my old friend Type 1 was with me since I was ten years old and at this moment of my life it was prehistoric age. I remember all these so big needles and the syringes made of glass and of course the doctor who said to my parents " your daughter is  Diabetic". I'm Diabetic.
And now I inject Levemir and Apidra with my pen and so small needles! And , yes, Anna used Levemir too. So she is a woman, she is a type 1, she used Levemir, she likes life...maybe she is right, she is my twin. 
 This is my first step .
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