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Raising My Voice at Eli Lilly

Raising My Voice at Eli Lilly

The whole experience of the demonstration showed me that I am not alone. My voice was heard. My daughter said throughout the day that she met great people. She also networked and built relationships with others who are supporting family members or close friends with diabetes, just as she supports me, and it showed her that we are all going through this battle together. We all have voices that matter. Read more

Pamoja Advocacy Training in Ghana

Pamoja Advocacy Training in Ghana

‘Pamoja’ is a Swahili word that means together. This was the underpinning spirit of the advocacy training. Pamoja advocates worked together on education-focused advocacy goals throughout the training. Goals are country-specific, but similar enough that sharing and support can happen between all the advocates from each of the five countries. Read more

Why I Protest to Fight for #insulin4all

Why I Protest to Fight for #insulin4all

I could not be more pleased with my experience at last year’s #insulin4all demonstration. I met so many wonderful advocates who joined me in asking for insulin pricing transparency. I now consider many of them close friends. Because of my participation I am now part of KOI#insulin4all, a grassroots volunteer advocacy group asking for insulin pricing transparency in Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana. What began last year as a “Should I go?” this year has become “I wouldn’t miss it!”. I invite you to join us this year in taking a stand. Read more

Crossing Borders to Afford Insulin

Crossing Borders to Afford Insulin

I certainly learned a lot buying insulin in Tijuana, but the most powerful lesson by far was that I have options, and so do other diabetics. They are not always easy, and they may take some creativity, resourcefulness, and gas money, but this is at least one more anecdotal report of an American going elsewhere for their insulin. Read more

For Life with less Pain in Croatia

For Life with less Pain in Croatia

Our initiative had no funding and we used social media to communicate effectively. We achieved our goal thanks to the persistence of people living with diabetes coming together to make a change! Read more

 A Parent's Perspective on Struggling with Insulin Costs

A Parent's Perspective on Struggling with Insulin Costs

I am not insulin dependent. My daughter Hattie has type 1 diabetes, and shares her story of using another person’s insulin. She lives with the condition day in and day out, but I – like so many others – live under the strain of the financial and emotional turmoil caused by the essential need for my family to get and afford insulin. Read more

T1International Statement on #insulin4all for Civil Society Hearing on NCDs

The high price of life-saving medications, including the rising prices of insulin, are killing people living with NCDs worldwide. Families are being financially ruined here in the United States, and around the world. This reality is not complicated to understand but it is impossible for us to live with. Read more

The Pain of Diabetes in Morocco

The Pain of Diabetes in Morocco

Health care in Morocco is inadequate, so living with diabetes is a major handicap for some families. Illiteracy and poverty are huge barriers to a healthy life with the condition. The government and responsible organizations do not provide enough support to patients in terms of medicine or education. Read more

Venezuela Crisis: a Type 1 Diabetes Perspective

Venezuela Crisis: a Type 1 Diabetes Perspective

Having lived in Venezuela most of my life, I never had problems getting my insulin and supplies until 2012. At that time, diabetics like me began to have difficulty acquiring the supplies we needed every day, such as insulin and test strips. The Government stopped providing the pharmaceutical companies with the necessary finances in American dollars to import medicines. Read more

T1International Statement on ADA Insulin Access Paper

T1International Statement on ADA Insulin Access Paper

Recently, the American Diabetes Association issued a white paper on Insulin Access and Affordability by their Working Group. While we continue to applaud the American Diabetes Association for speaking out about the high cost of insulin, we remain concerned with their approach and some of the recommendations in their paper.
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