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Nasiru’s Story: Living with Type 1 diabetes in Nigeria

Nasiru’s Story: Living with Type 1 diabetes in Nigeria

This is a difficult story to share, but it has strong elements of perseverance and hope because the person who shared it with me is living with diabetes in situation that makes every day difficult. I connected with Olafimihan Nasiru a few months ago, thanks to the Nigerian Online Diabetes Community and he offered to share his diabetes story with me. Read more

My Insulin Scare

My Insulin Scare

Most of us know that, essentially, the most important thing for a person with diabetes is insulin. Someone with Type 1 diabetes can die within weeks if there is no insulin in their body. I recently had an experience with my own insulin that put the issues I am passionate about into perspective even more. Here is what happened... Read more

Interview: Diabetes in West Africa

Interview: Diabetes in West Africa

Over a year ago I received an email from George, who has been doing some difficult but very important work with diabetes in West Africa. Since our first communication we have been in touch supporting each other, and it is about time I shared George’s story... Read more

Interview: Diabetes in India

Interview: Diabetes in India

I have said it before, but I absolutely love finding new organizations around the world that support people with Type 1 diabetes. It is one of the reasons why I started T1International in the first place, so that we can learn and share and support to make the world better for people living with diabetes. Read more

Interview: Diabetes in Ghana

Interview: Diabetes in Ghana

The mission of DYC is to support young people living with diabetes in Ghana and their families. DYC focuses on providing education and medical support to encourage personal growth, knowledge acquisition and independence. Read more

The First Steps

The First Steps

I have been thinking a lot lately about determination and first steps. It can be easy to get discouraged and feel like global diabetes problems – or any problems or adversity we face – are just too big and too much to handle. .. Read more

Behind the Scenes with Insulin for Life

Behind the Scenes with Insulin for Life

Back in August I interviewed Tali and Ron Rabb from Insulin for Life (IFL) Australia and Global. I was so excited to be able to meet the people behind the wonderful organization when I visited Melbourne in December for the Young Leaders training and World Diabetes Congress. Read more

Reflections On the Young Leaders in Diabetes Training

Reflections On the Young Leaders in Diabetes Training

I have now had some time to reflect on and think about the experience of the Young Leaders in Diabetes training and attendance at the World Diabetes Congress, which I am so grateful to have been a part of. I never would have believed... Read more

Interview: Diabetes in Zimbabwe

Interview: Diabetes in Zimbabwe

Yemurai highlights some pretty tough situations, noting that diabetes supplies are incredibly expensive for some people and ‘’Because of these high prices some people go for weeks without insulin because they simply can’t afford it or because they do not have any medical insurance to cover some of their medical costs.’’ Read more

Is The ‘World’ Missing From ‘World Diabetes Day’?

Is The ‘World’ Missing From ‘World Diabetes Day’?

Since 1991, November 14th has been known as World Diabetes Day, but I wonder if World Diabetes Day this year will serve to raise awareness about the biggest global problem that people with diabetes are facing – access to insulin, supplies, and education? Read more