Spotlight on The Living Collection Inc.

I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on January 19, 1999, at a small clinic in my hometown of Bridgetown, Barbados. On this morning in January, my life changed in such an unusual way. A simple visit to our family doctor – not for myself, but for my Nan! – resulted in a urine sample…

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Riding the Diabetes Surf

Hey everyone, my name is Ben. I’m 24 years of age and I’m a surfer and a Physiotherapy student, and I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when I was 11. As a competitive surfer with type 1 diabetes, good management is crucial to being able to focus on my long-term goals, upcoming contests, and…

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Embracing Pregnancy with Diabetes – by Mellissa

My name is Mellissa and I am 23 years old. I have been living with type 1 diabetes for the past seven years.  It has taken seven years for me to get to a point where I no longer am afraid of my disease. I had lived in fear for so long – fear of…

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Diabetes Care from an Australian First Nation Perspective – by Chris Lee

Much of this is based on my own journey and in observations and conversations with family, friends, and First Nations people I’ve encountered in my professional, personal and cultural lives. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes back in 2014, and it’s been a difficult journey to discover what my condition was, what it was…

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Find Balance with Samantha

I was accepted into my nutrition course around the same time I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (I was diagnosed August 2015 at age 24). When I graduated, I wanted to create a space where women can find balance within their lives through nutrition and wellbeing. I went through many ideas within diet culture…

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Fuelling Passions – by Shaina

Shaina Hatchell, BSN, RN, CDCES, is the author of Shia Learns and a recent Beta Change Minisode guest based in Washington, D.C. I am a strong believer that my talents and life story are not for me. There is triumph in speaking about my life and using what some may see as my pain to…

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Diabetes Through Art | Diabetes a través del Arte – by Andrea

In Latin America and in my country, Mexico, there is a lot of misinformation, taboos, and a general lack of education about diabetes – just as it happens around the world. Thanks to this attitude in our society, shame and silence come hand in hand for many people with a diabetes diagnosis. The situation worsens…

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Living with T1D & Insulin Allergy – by Annelieke

Dear Beta Change,  Do you know that song from the Miss USA pageants (“You’re one in a million” by Bosson)? Well, that’s sure how I felt when I was diagnosed with insulin allergy on top of having type 1 diabetes.  It’s a very rare condition, with only 0.1% of insulin-requiring people also living with an…

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Minisode: Surfing the Waves with Diabetes

2017 Australian Long Board Surf Champion Ben Considine joined Fi and Ash to talk about his holistic approach to life, diabetes, and surfing! Watch the Minisode recap to learn about Ben’s roots in Victoria, Australia, how he manages traveling the world and surfing with type 1 diabetes, and how he balances life as a 23-year-old…

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