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Reflecting on my Diabetes Diagnosis in Africa

Reflecting on my Diabetes Diagnosis in Africa

I was living in Gabon, on the west coast of central Africa, at the time of my type 1 diabetes (T1D) diagnosis. I did not have common symptoms that generally go along with the discovery of T1D, such as weight loss... Read more

Stigma and other Struggles: Living with Type 1 in India

Stigma and other Struggles: Living with Type 1 in India

After my diagnosis I was told to hide my type 1 diabetes because in India any chronic illness comes with a whole lot of social stigma, even in a well-educated family. I used to go into washrooms before every meal to inject my insulin... Read more

Five Struggles of Living With Type 1 in Syria

Five Struggles of Living With Type 1 in Syria

Mouhammad’s younger brother is living in Syria with type 1 diabetes. He faces many obstacles, but thanks to support from Mouhammad, who lives and works overseas, he is surviving. One of the lucky ones, Mouhammad’s brother has managed to stay safe... Read more

Raise Your Voice for #insulin4all

Raise Your Voice for #insulin4all

I have had type 1 diabetes for 20 years and in that time, the tools and medication I have used to treat it and the education and information I have had access to have changed greatly... Read more

How You Can Help Refugees Living With Diabetes

How You Can Help Refugees Living With Diabetes

The photo of young Aylan Kurdi has focused world attention on the plight of refugees. His tragic death has shocked many and is a reminder that we are living amidst the largest refugee crisis since the Second World War. Less well known are struggles of refugees with type 1 diabetes. Read more

Two Stories of Type 1 Diabetes in Kenya

It was in late 2002 that I started falling ill. I thought I had malaria and I went to the pharmacy and bought antimalarial drugs. I took the drugs but I didn’t improve, so I decided to go to the hospital... Read more

Living in Sierra Leone with Type 1 Diabetes

Dr. Veronica Sawicki runs a charity called Help Madina. The main aim of the charity is to improve the health and well-being of the people living in the Madina district of Sierra Leone, which is one of the poorest parts of the world with shocking health statistics. Read more

Syrian Refugees Struggle with Diabetes

This winter I traveled to Lebanon for a needs assessment study of Syrian refugees receiving diabetes care in Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) clinics. It’s not well-known but before the conflict began, Syria had about the same proportion of people living with diabetes as the USA... Read more

What Should Change in Diabetes?

What Should Change in Diabetes?

We at T1International definitely desire multiple changes when it comes to diabetes, but to keep things relatively short I will focus on one. Read more

The Puzzle of Type 1 Diabetes

The Puzzle of Type 1 Diabetes

Unlike many other health conditions (not all, but many!) that require a simple treatment – one medication, one procedure, one emergency routine, etc. – treating type 1 diabetes is like putting together a puzzle. There are so many pieces that need to be put together correctly in order to have a fair chance at a full life with type 1 diabetes. Read more