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    Diabetes Blue CirclePat McAlister has been living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) for 68 years. Through the years, a lot has changed with regard to her life with T1D—from types of insulin used to treat the disease, to blood sugar monitoring, and how insulin has to be administered—for example, insulin used to be extracted from cows or pigs, and injected with needles that had to be boiled for sterilization before each injection; now, insulin is synthetic—or, grown in labs—and can be injected with single use syringes with tiny needles, pre-filled insulin pens, or by using a small device called an insulin pump. Today, Pat shares some of her experiences with us in recognition of National Diabetes Month, and World Diabetes Da