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Thriving for 22 Years

The photo below is of me in December 1991, a few months before my Type 1 diabetes diagnosis. Learning to live with daily injections, finger pricks, carb counting, and high and low blood sugars was a traumatic time for me and my family. Read more

The First Steps

The First Steps

I have been thinking a lot lately about determination and first steps. It can be easy to get discouraged and feel like global diabetes problems – or any problems or adversity we face – are just too big and too much to handle. .. Read more

Reflections On the Young Leaders in Diabetes Training

Reflections On the Young Leaders in Diabetes Training

I have now had some time to reflect on and think about the experience of the Young Leaders in Diabetes training and attendance at the World Diabetes Congress, which I am so grateful to have been a part of. I never would have believed... Read more

Is The ‘World’ Missing From ‘World Diabetes Day’?

Is The ‘World’ Missing From ‘World Diabetes Day’?

Since 1991, November 14th has been known as World Diabetes Day, but I wonder if World Diabetes Day this year will serve to raise awareness about the biggest global problem that people with diabetes are facing – access to insulin, supplies, and education? Read more

What Needs to Change?

Insulin to treat people living with diabetes has been available for over 90 years, but why aren't there generic alternatives available for people who must spend impossible percentages of their income on their insulin supply? Read more

Interview: Diabetes in Haiti

Interview: Diabetes in Haiti

Widny is determined to make life better for people with diabetes in Haiti. He says, ‘’As a Young Leader, I would like to promote prevention of diabetes, help to establish centers where people can find clear information, strengthen health systems to increase health care related to diabetes and, finally, shed light on the need to avoid a sedentary lifestyle.’’ Read more

Living with Type 1 Diabetes in Canada

Living with Type 1 Diabetes in Canada

Living with type 1 in Canada I would say is fairly comfortable. After seeing and hearing stories at the International Diabetes Federation conference, I think that as Canadians we take a lot for granted... Read more