How very sad that the young life of Miss Mary Constance Buckley was taken by a disease which in our lifetime is basically considered quite manageable. Mary Constance would have had a vastly reduced life expectancy once diagnosed with Diabetes as the disease was classed as a terminal illness at the beginning of the 1900’s. She was just 27 years old, roughly a year older than my grandmother Ines Maude Smith, and there is a distinct possibility that they knew, or at least knew of, each another.
I tried “trusty old Google” to find out how Diabetes may have been treated in 1908 and found the following:
Between 1900-1915, a variety of different diabetes treatments were proposed. Early treatments included:
the oat-cure, which involved eating 8 ounces of oatmeal mixed with 8 ounces of butter every 2 hours
the milk diet
the rice cure
overfeeding to replenish lost fluids and increase weight, symptoms that many people with diabetes experience
It wasn’t until 1921 that development of insulin changed the management of Diabetes – years after Mary Constance, and many many others had succumbed to the disease.
Diabetes Treatments: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/317484.php
Newspaper Article: nla.news-article193208764