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A Type 1 Perspective from Siberia to Moscow

A Type 1 Perspective from Siberia to Moscow

Diabetes entered in my life when I was 7 years old It was my first year in school and at the time, I was living in a small town in the southwestern part of Eastern Siberia. I consider myself lucky: my mother is a doctor and for me the transition to my new life went quite smoothly. It is only now that I understand that our family avoided many dangerous myths. Read more

My Journey to Eli Lilly HQ for Answers

My Journey to Eli Lilly HQ for Answers

I was very nervous before going to confront the top executives of Eli Lilly and Company. But I was determined to tell them Alec’s story. They needed to hear from me what their insulin prices did to Alec, and are still doing to others. Read more

Patient Activism is Seizing the Spotlight—And Rightly So

Patient Activism is Seizing the Spotlight—And Rightly So

In today’s struggle on insulin pricing and other drugs, patient can win the day again. So our organization, People of Faith for Access to Medicines, is proud to be in support of T1International’s amazing work, from the Eli Lilly demonstration to the #insulin4all meetups in New York City and the Cincinnati area. Read more

Advocates meet for #insulin4all in Cincinnati

Advocates meet for #insulin4all in Cincinnati

“Access to insulin is a human right”: this was the central theme during a gathering of #insulin4all advocates in Cincinnati on March 25th. The group came together to focus on regional action in Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana regarding insulin pricing. Advocate Angela Lautner shares her perspective. Read more

Type 1 Diabetes in Burundi: A Doctor’s Perspective

Type 1 Diabetes in Burundi: A Doctor’s Perspective

Living with diabetes is very difficult in Burundi. Most of the population is poor, so it is difficult to get medicines and equipment. The average income of one type 1 patient is 100 USD and they can spend the average of 30 USD per month for medicines only. This does not include the cost of appointments and other types of care. When you live in rural zones, it is even worse. It is hard to get regular insulin and when you get it, you face the problem of not having a refrigerator to keep the insulin cool. Read more

Advocating for Emergency Prescription Refills in Pennsylvania

Advocating for Emergency Prescription Refills in Pennsylvania

Kevin Houdeshell tragically lost his life after being unable to contact his doctor to authorize an emergency insulin prescription refill. As the mother of a son with type 1 diabetes, this is my worst nightmare. Wanting to take action to prevent this from happening again, I followed the path set out by the combined hard work of legislators and Kevin’s parents, Dan and Judy Houdeshell. Read more

Advocates meet for #insulin4all in New York City

Advocates meet for #insulin4all in New York City

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

30 Years with Type 1 Diabetes in Kenya

30 Years with Type 1 Diabetes in Kenya

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

Healthcare for All: Calling for Change in the U.S.

Healthcare for All: Calling for Change in the U.S.

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

Diabetes Inequality in India

Diabetes Inequality in India

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.
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