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International Women's Day: Celebrating Sonia Nabeta

International Women's Day: Celebrating Sonia Nabeta

In the world of Type 1 diabetes (T1D), “warriors” are the valiant people living with this chronic condition. Sonia Nabeta was one such warrior, who for 16 years believed that her T1D diagnosis was a gift. Until her earthly candle was snuffed out in August 2015, she was convinced that T1D knocked on her door to sharpen attributes that otherwise would have lain dormant! She credited this ailment for many of her salient qualities, especially her diligence and discipline but most of all her compassion. Read more

The Cold Cost of American Capitalism

The Cold Cost of American Capitalism

My life is a roller coaster ride of uncertainty. I just want the tools I need to manage my life and to experience a semblance of happiness. Instead, I am squabbling with insurance and pharmaceutical companies to provide the care that I believe is my natural human right. The injustices experienced by type 1 diabetics in this country amount to a form of massacre. Read more

Diabetes and the “American Dream”

Diabetes and the “American Dream”

I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when I was 12, after my mom noticed I had lost an extreme amount of weight after three days at summer camp. She had my uncle, a type 2 diabetic test my blood sugar, like he had many times before because of my fascination with medical equipment. Except this time, something was wrong. Read more

Supporting Refugees with type 1 diabetes in Germany

Supporting Refugees with type 1 diabetes in Germany

When refugees arrive in Germany and apply for asylum, the registration office and the doctors of Berlin’s refugee health department are the first people they meet. Oftentimes it is their first opportunity to see a health care professional in weeks or even months. During the past two years our health care system here in Germany has been overwhelmed by the large amount of immigrants coming to Europe. Many refugees got sick on their long and exhausting trip... Read more

Diabetes in Russia

Diabetes in Russia

Last February, I had the opportunity to leave my rural Cheshire home for a week to travel to Moscow. While there, I met with 3 women with diabetes. We shared stories and compared experiences, and my eyes were opened to the vastly different challenges that they face. Read more

Ghana World Diabetes Day Camp

Ghana World Diabetes Day Camp

It was a very wonderful and emotional moment as we listened to the stories and life experiences that were shared. The experiences shared had a common theme about them. All those who shared their experiences stated the challenge of access to insulin and diabetes supplies. Read more

The Politics of Diabetes in Nigeria

The Politics of Diabetes in Nigeria

Support of people with diabetes and other non-communicable diseases from politicians is a common trend across the developed countries, and this has propelled them to advocate, create legislation and make policies for the education, prevention, diagnosing and management of diabetes in their respective countries. This is not the case in less-developed countries around the world... Read more

“The SOADI Road to Wellness” Southern Ontario Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative

“The SOADI Road to Wellness” Southern Ontario Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative

Since 1997, the Southern Ontario Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative has been leading the way throughout Ontario in the pursuit for Indigenous health and wellness. Read more

A Type 1 Perspective From Tanzania

A Type 1 Perspective From Tanzania

I do not think life with type 1 will ever be easy here. As a child with type 1 diabetes in Tanzania life is difficult due to lack of availability of personal glucose machines. Other supplies like urine strips are not found in many hospitals. Read more

Sweetness and Chaos: Diabetes in Two Worlds

Sweetness and Chaos: Diabetes in Two Worlds

While my parents were trying to make a living in the States, I spent my childhood years with my wonderful grandparents in an Indian village, a rural place that only showed up on Google Maps three years ago... Read more