Finishing University

We welcome back our returning guest Nicole Reed for her third Minisode. Nicole is the founder of a chapter of The College Diabetes Network (NYU Chapter of College Diabetes Network) and as she gets ready to tackle her final year at NYU, she chats with Ashley about preparing for the big wide world!

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Moving From Poland To Belgium With Type 1 Diabetes – by Weronika Burkot

In Weronika’s first Global Postcard, she wrote about Universal Health Coverage for World Health Day. Now she is sharing her story about moving with her now-husband from Warsaw to Brussels. Check out her story in English and Polish!  In the summer of 2017, I was excited and a bit stressed at the same time: I was…

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Igniting My Diabetes Advocacy Fire – by Bianca Grima

Bianca has only recently been diagnosed with diabetes, but you shouldn’t underestimate her. Seeking to bust diabetes myths, she has taken to YouTube with her video to help fight diabetes stigma. We love her optimism and positive attitude to life with diabetes and can’t wait to see where her diabetes advocacy takes her. My name is…

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My Diabetes Advocacy Journey – by Lea Raak

Our next global postcard comes from Germany, where we hear Lea’s story on her diagnosis and how she launched herself into diabetes advocacy. Check out her blog at Insulea and follow her on Instagram at @insulea.de! Lea shared her story with us both in English and German – enjoy! I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes while I was an exchange student…

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Penpals United – by Hannah Anolik

In this Global Postcard, we hear from Hannah based in New Jersey who has recently taken over as the Executive Director of Penpals United. Here, she talks about what Penpals United is, how they started and some of their future plans. We’re excited to keep supporting them and following their journey as they keep growing! My…

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My Pregnancy with T1D – by Kayla O’Connell

There is a myth that exists around women with diabetes not being able to have a healthy baby, which makes stories like Kayla’s all the more important. In this Global Postcard from Canada, Kayla shares the ups and downs on managing her pregnancy with type 1 diabetes.  In the same year that I celebrated living ten…

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Keeping Diabetes Advocacy Positive in China – by Rui Zhang

Adam is a powerhouse of a diabetes advocate in China and we were lucky to meet him to learn more of his projects as part of the Medtronic Bakken Award earlier this year. Check out his story in English and in Chinese! Hi, everyone. I am Rui Zhang from Beijing, China. I was diagnosed with type…

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The Power of Sharing Stories

Every person experiences the world in a different way, and each story provides a new and unique perspective to the world we live in. As members of Beta Change, we often hear people with diabetes say that living with this condition can be isolating and lonely – until they meet someone else living with diabetes…

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