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
I’ll start out by saying I consider myself lucky. Yes, you read that right. I consider myself fortunate to be in a country that’s consider to be progressive in technology and medical care. There are people in countries where electricity, consistent food supply and medications just don’t exist. For these people, the cost of chronic illness is too often immediate death. Read more
I have had times of desperation where I have used expired insulin, skipped some meals and diluted my insulin with water until I could afford to buy my next vial, but I am alive. I would like to suggest a few things to those who are possibly facing a future with no insurance... Read more
Thailand is known worldwide for many things: smiles, temples, incredible food, beautiful scenery, and healthcare. Many people from all over the world travel to Thailand for cheap, high quality surgeries. While traveling in Thailand for a month, we wanted to learn about the lesser-known side of healthcare for diabetics, and what management is like for people with type 1 diabetes there... Read more
I write to you today as a young American with serious concerns for the future of health care in this country, namely with the GOP’s proposed American Health Care Act (AHCA). My health situation forces a more elevated interest in the current health care debate compared to many of my young peers because I have type 1 diabetes. My fellow diabetics and I (who number around 30 million in the US) rely on access to affordable prescriptions and health care for our very survival. When I say my concerns are serious, I am not exaggerating. Read more
Just a few hours after World Diabetes Day the media in Mexico was frightening. According to the press, diabetes has become the number one cause of death in Mexico. We all know that it is actually the complications of diabetes, due to a lack of adequate treatments and insulin, that is killing our peers...