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Finding Strength with Type 1 Diabetes in Macedonia

Finding Strength with Type 1 Diabetes in Macedonia

It was not always so easy, especially when I was facing an unfamiliar situation. Back in 1998 when I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, only the insulin and needles were available free of charge. My parents had to buy the blood glucose metes, blood glucose test strips and lancets. But, after some time, the blood glucose self-testing equipment was covered for all people with diabetes. Read more

Ramadan and Responsibility

Ramadan and Responsibility

I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1984, when my family lived in India, at the age of 2 years old. We later moved back to my parent’s homeland, Somalia. We then moved to England in November 1992 because of the civil war in Somalia. We came to join my dad, who was already settled here. Read more

A Type 1 Perspective from Siberia to Moscow

A Type 1 Perspective from Siberia to Moscow

Diabetes entered in my life when I was 7 years old It was my first year in school and at the time, I was living in a small town in the southwestern part of Eastern Siberia. I consider myself lucky: my mother is a doctor and for me the transition to my new life went quite smoothly. It is only now that I understand that our family avoided many dangerous myths. Read more

No Blood Glucose Testing in Gaza

No Blood Glucose Testing in Gaza

"We live in a dangerous area, so it's hard to be in a good mood. There are wars, so I always trying not to be scared when I hear bombs." – Deema, living with type 1 diabetes in Gaza Read more

30 Years with Type 1 Diabetes in Kenya

30 Years with Type 1 Diabetes in Kenya

I am not as strong as before, but I made a promise to make the lives of people with diabetes more comfortable. If I don't get the help I need, at least I know my advocacy will help someone in Kenya with diabetes to get better medical care, affordable diabetic supplies and 100% government support. Read more

T1International Year in Review: 2017

T1International Year in Review: 2017

Highlights from 2017 include an in-person demonstration outside of Eli Lilly HQ, launch of the first ever online diabetes access advocacy training, and a visit to Uganda to plan advocacy actions with Warriors there. Read more

Pleas from the USA

Pleas from the USA

Why is this happening? How are millions of people slipping through the cracks? Why are we living in fear because we cannot afford to “breathe”? Insulin is oxygen; price gouging cannot go on. This is my plea—our plea— and we are in desperate need of change. Read more

Diabetes Access Guilt

Diabetes Access Guilt

Along with being grateful that I am so lucky to live in a country where I did not have to constantly think about healthcare, comes a feeling of guilt. Why am I so lucky? Why do other people die because they cannot afford insulin or because they do not even have access to it? These are questions that I am constantly asking myself. And although I know that I will never receive an answer, I still sometimes struggle with that feeling. Read more

Diabetes Inequality in Canada

Diabetes Inequality in Canada

The one thing I know about in life is change. I was 12 turning 13 when my father got sick and died. He had been diagnosed with an enlarged heart and was awaiting a heart transplant, so we travelled from Canada down to the United States for him to say goodbye to the rest of the family. It was our last night there, and he didn't make it. Read more

Kuwait Diabetes Ambassadors Program

Kuwait Diabetes Ambassadors Program

To make a difference in all of these areas, I have founded The Diabetes Ambassadors Program (DAP). Our mission is to raise awareness about diabetes and our vision is to live a healthy and a productive life with diabetes. Most importantly, we wish to empower people with diabetes. Read more