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Fighting in Micah's Memory

Fighting in Micah's Memory

Micah rationed his Novalog not only because it made him sick, but because he had difficulty affording both it and the Humalog. As a result of his rationing, Micah ended up in a diabetic coma from which he could not be revived, despite hours of efforts by many medical staff. He died that night at the age of 26. Read more

Losing Meaghan to the Perfect Storm

Losing Meaghan to the Perfect Storm

The perfect storm does not warn you that it will be different than any other you have weathered. On top of her other worries, the company that produced the insulin pump Meaghan was using had recently gone out of business. Without a job or insurance, it was impossible to purchase supplies, much less a different pump. At the time, Meaghan had two short term jobs but had not had them long enough to get insurance. She had another job lined up to start the week after Christmas and she would have been okay. She wasn't.
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Finding Hope, Despite Fear

Finding Hope, Despite Fear

Volunteering for T1International was my greatest accomplishment in 2018. It has been therapeutic in accepting my diagnosis, even if it is 7 years late. Advocating for myself and those like me is healing. Read more

Necessary Baggage: Lessons Learned in Senegal

Necessary Baggage: Lessons Learned in Senegal

It took experiencing a situation where the healthcare available felt scarily inadequate to truly internalize the medical privilege I have enjoyed throughout my life. My time in Senegal put the hardship of diabetes in perspective and helped me truly appreciate the resources that I have. Read more

Lack of Knowledge about Diabetes is Killing us

Lack of Knowledge about Diabetes is Killing us

For me, I hid myself for more than 10 years. I would have rather died than have someone find out I was diabetic. I did that because of misinterpretations from many people due to lack of knowledge about it. I had to tell my mom that no one should know that I’m diabetic unless it was necessary. As a result, those few who knew came up with a lot of their own interpretations about it. I was told many times that traditional herbs would cure me completely. Obviously, none of those worked and I am still diabetic today. Read more

Sanofi's Lantus is Overpatented and Overpriced

Sanofi's Lantus is Overpatented and Overpriced

The diabetes community knows the sting of high drug prices. Over the years, the prices of essential insulin has increased at an alarming rate, requiring patients to jump through higher hoops and make more difficult decisions to keep up with costs. But how did we reach the point where so many people with diabetes cannot afford the medicines they need? Our new report on Lantus may provide some insight. Read more

Standing Up For My Daughter at Eli Lilly

Standing Up For My Daughter at Eli Lilly

I am not normally an angry or bitter person, but I am a mother who will fight for her children to the end. It infuriates me to tears to think that my child, or anyone’s child, has to pay extortionate prices for a medication that keeps them alive, especially a medication that is very inexpensive to manufacture. Read more

BCG Vaccine, A Safe and Affordable Treatment for Type 1 Diabetes

BCG Vaccine, A Safe and Affordable Treatment for Type 1 Diabetes

Reduced insulin equates to reduced cost, but more importantly, a return of blood sugars to the near normal range without hypoglycemia will eliminate complications in the short term. Reduction of complications in the long term can remove future financial burdens from both individuals and governments. Read more

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