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Taking a Stand at Eli Lilly Headquarters

Taking a Stand at Eli Lilly Headquarters

I joined dozens of people impacted by the rising cost of insulin in the USA in protest of those prices in front of Eli Lilly headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana. Some had traveled many hours to join the protest, but one thing was made clear, we wanted to ensure that Eli Lilly heard our voices. We were passionate in our outcry for change and jointly understood that not saying anything is simply not an option.
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Reducing my Insulin Burden with Metformin

Reducing my Insulin Burden with Metformin

As insulin prices crept upward, I realized I needed to figure out more ways to increase my sensitivity and reduce the large load of insulin I had to pump into myself every day. It became more than a financial struggle; I was scared that synthetic insulin could become insufficient. Then what? So with my shallow pockets and fear for the future, I talked with my doctor about the type two medication, Metformin. Read more

T1International Advocacy in Uganda

T1International Advocacy in Uganda

Recently, I was lucky enough to attend Camp Waromo, a four-day diabetes camp hosted by the Sonia Nabeta Foundation (SNF), a wonderful organisation working to ensure that everyone with diabetes in Africa has access to medicine and support they need. T1International was honoured to be invited and to share our advocacy resources and knowledge. Read more

The Cost of Chronic Illness

The Cost of Chronic Illness

I’ll start out by saying I consider myself lucky. Yes, you read that right. I consider myself fortunate to be in a country that’s consider to be progressive in technology and medical care. There are people in countries where electricity, consistent food supply and medications just don’t exist. For these people, the cost of chronic illness is too often immediate death. Read more

Venezuela without insulin

Venezuela without insulin

This is for those of you who do not live in Venezuela, but need to know what’s happening in our country. Read more

Uninsured with diabetes in the USA

Uninsured with diabetes in the USA

I have had times of desperation where I have used expired insulin, skipped some meals and diluted my insulin with water until I could afford to buy my next vial, but I am alive. I would like to suggest a few things to those who are possibly facing a future with no insurance... Read more

Diabetes in Thailand

Diabetes in Thailand

Thailand is known worldwide for many things: smiles, temples, incredible food, beautiful scenery, and healthcare. Many people from all over the world travel to Thailand for cheap, high quality surgeries. While traveling in Thailand for a month, we wanted to learn about the lesser-known side of healthcare for diabetics, and what management is like for people with type 1 diabetes there... Read more

An Interview with Professor Jean-Claude Mbanya

Our trustee James Elliott was recently in the African nation of Cameroon. While at the University of Yaoundé, he had the opportunity to speak with Professor Jean Claude Mbanya, a leading voice for people with diabetes in Cameroon, Africa and the World. We hope you enjoy reading their conversation, which has been edited for length and clarity. Read more

Mexico Needs More Diabetes Advocacy

Mexico Needs More Diabetes Advocacy

Just a few hours after World Diabetes Day the media in Mexico was frightening. According to the press, diabetes has become the number one cause of death in Mexico. We all know that it is actually the complications of diabetes, due to a lack of adequate treatments and insulin, that is killing our peers...
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Diabetes Debt: 3 Stories

Diabetes Debt: 3 Stories

When I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 38 years ago (March of 1979), my insulin cost my parents $10 a vial. Now, my co-pay for my insulin is $40 for the brand my insurance company wants me to use, or $60 for the brand that works better for me. If I choose to use my local pharmacy, and get my supplies for 3 months at a time, I have to pay the full amount of $120 for each Rx. If I use the insurance company and get everything via the mail, I only save $20. Read more