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Let’s Talk About Inequality (for people with diabetes)

While inequality certainly describes what many people living with diabetes in some parts of the world face daily, it does not fully exemplify the struggles and horror faced by someone who does not have access to their insulin, blood glucose monitoring supplies, or other essential diabetes needs. Read more

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

Denial of Insulin? It Can Happen Anywhere.

Medicare have without warning or explanation retroactively ended my access to insulin via the insulin pump which I depend upon to live.
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Thriving for 22 Years

The photo below is of me in December 1991, a few months before my Type 1 diabetes diagnosis. Learning to live with daily injections, finger pricks, carb counting, and high and low blood sugars was a traumatic time for me and my family. 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

What You Don't Want to Know About Pharma and Healthcare

I recently finished the horrifying yet necessary read, Bad Pharma, by Ben Goldacre. It’s impossible to sum up the book in one blog item, but I did a little more research of my own and have written the following to try to bring out some of the main issues... 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

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

What Needs to Change?

Insulin to treat people living with diabetes has been available for over 90 years, but why aren't there generic alternatives available for people who must spend impossible percentages of their income on their insulin supply? Read more