More than a dozen people from all over the New York City metropolitan area gathered on February 8th at the historic LGBT Center on 13th Street in Manhattan to discuss insulin access issues in America. Read more
I am not as strong as before, but I made a promise to make the lives of people with diabetes more comfortable. If I don't get the help I need, at least I know my advocacy will help someone in Kenya with diabetes to get better medical care, affordable diabetic supplies and 100% government support. Read more
A single payer system removes greed from a place it certainly has no place. Healthcare should be constructed of an ambition to heal, not a hunger for money. Our greed driven system is dangerous, and is resulting in the death of our people. Read more
Sadly, in India diabetes is considered a flaw and it is a big taboo, especially for women. It is a disease that raises innumerable questions by those in society. Women have not just had a hard time with access to insulin and affordable healthcare, but they have also faced discrimination due to the society we live in.
Why is this happening? How are millions of people slipping through the cracks? Why are we living in fear because we cannot afford to “breathe”? Insulin is oxygen; price gouging cannot go on. This is my plea—our plea— and we are in desperate need of change. Read more
Along with being grateful that I am so lucky to live in a country where I did not have to constantly think about healthcare, comes a feeling of guilt. Why am I so lucky? Why do other people die because they cannot afford insulin or because they do not even have access to it? These are questions that I am constantly asking myself. And although I know that I will never receive an answer, I still sometimes struggle with that feeling. Read more
The one thing I know about in life is change. I was 12 turning 13 when my father got sick and died. He had been diagnosed with an enlarged heart and was awaiting a heart transplant, so we travelled from Canada down to the United States for him to say goodbye to the rest of the family. It was our last night there, and he didn't make it. Read more
To make a difference in all of these areas, I have founded The Diabetes Ambassadors Program (DAP). Our mission is to raise awareness about diabetes and our vision is to live a healthy and a productive life with diabetes. Most importantly, we wish to empower people with diabetes. Read more
I joined dozens of people impacted by the rising cost of insulin in the USA in protest of those prices in front of Eli Lilly headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana. Some had traveled many hours to join the protest, but one thing was made clear, we wanted to ensure that Eli Lilly heard our voices. We were passionate in our outcry for change and jointly understood that not saying anything is simply not an option.
For a person who gets a minimum wage here, if you sum up everything and do not have insurance, you can be spending at least 40% of your income on diabetes each month. That was my experience before moving to the city to attend university. Read more