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‘‘It would be cheaper for me to die’’

‘‘It would be cheaper for me to die’’

Since sharing our initial survey data about out-of-pocket costs for insulin and diabetes supplies, we have received even more responses. With an overwhelming number of USA respondents, our survey has collected comment after comment about the outrageous costs faced by Americans who must contend with this financial burden... Read more

Exorbitant Diabetes Costs Must be Addressed

Exorbitant Diabetes Costs Must be Addressed

The WHO has chosen ‘beat diabetes’ as the theme for World Health Day this year, ignoring those who cannot afford or obtain their vital and essential medicines. The theme is insensitive and ignorant to those living with diabetes whose lives are most in jeopardy... Read more

My Fight for Information

My Fight for Information

Diabetes has been a big part of my life for a long time, but during my fall semester of my senior year at university in my International Social Work class, I decided to focus on diabetes and access to resources, specifically insulin. Read more

Interview: Diabetes in the Dominican Republic

Insulin is accessible but expensive and some children do not get the appropriate treatment. I believe that AAV can be the mid-point between local medical care because our camps can offer diabetes education through an efficient continuous supervision of children living with diabetes. Read more

What’s The Deal With Generic Insulin?

What’s The Deal With Generic Insulin?

At first glance it would seem that generic forms of insulin (versions created when patents expire) should be making a significant impact on global insulin prices and therefore the ability of people to access insulin. On closer inspection it is clear that they have not yet made a noticeable effect. Read more

My Insulin Scare

My Insulin Scare

Most of us know that, essentially, the most important thing for a person with diabetes is insulin. Someone with Type 1 diabetes can die within weeks if there is no insulin in their body. I recently had an experience with my own insulin that put the issues I am passionate about into perspective even more. Here is what happened... Read more

Denial of Insulin? It Can Happen Anywhere.

Medicare have without warning or explanation retroactively ended my access to insulin via the insulin pump which I depend upon to live.
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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