Finding Diabetes Support Through Art & Positivity – by Suzy

Suzy is an artist and painter from Moscow who wrote to us about how she sees her life with diabetes through the lens of her sketches – and how much the diabetes online community means to her! We’re excited to share her postcard in English and Russian. Be sure to check out her work on…

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Enhancing the Lives of People with Type 1 Diabetes in India – by the Diabetes India Youth in Action (DIYA) team

At Beta Change, we love hearing about and working with like-minded individuals and groups. In this Global Postcard, we will hear from the Diabetes India Youth in Action (DIYA) to learn about how they are providing support to young people living with type 1 diabetes in India. What is DIYA about? DIYA exists with a…

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Africa Diabetes Alliance: Empowering Advocacy in Africa – by Edith Mukantwari

Edith, co-founder of Africa Diabetes Alliance (ADA), wrote us an inspiring Global Postcard from Kampala, Uganda following our recent Minisode. Read on to learn about how ADA seeks to disarm diabetes myths daily and nurture a vibrant, engaged, informed, and empowered community of young people living with diabetes in Africa. As a youth-led organisation, Africa…

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I have diabetes; diabetes does not have me! – by Ian Tonge

In this global postcard, we hear from Ian who was diagnosed with diabetes when he was only two years old. Times has changed since then, and with that, diabetes management and technologies. Ian reflects on these changes and the big changes in his life that has brought him here. My name is Ian. I am…

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The Diabetes Online Community, COVID-19 and Ramadan – by Heba Ismail

How does being a pharmacist impact your own diabetes management? Heba Ismail who is a pharmacist living with type 1 diabetes in the UAE shares her story. During this time of COVID-19 and Ramadan, Heba also reminds us that we are never alone in our diabetes management, especially with the diabetes online community. We are…

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Living with MODY3 – Part 2 by Nadia Milojevic

In this two part global postcard, Nadia shares her MODY3 diagnosis with us. In Part 1, she talks about her initial diagnosis and the challenges she faced trying to find the right management for her. Part 2 sees Nadia moving to Italy and having to self-advocate for her own medical needs. Want to find out…

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Living with MODY3 – Part 1 by Nadia Milojevic

Over the last few years, we are hearing more about various types of diabetes apart from the usual type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes. In our two part global postcard, Nadia shares her MODY 3 diagnosis story. What is MODY 3? Check this link out to find out more. For part 2 of the…

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Diabetes: Recognising the LGBTQIA+ experience – by Edwin Pascoe

Edwin is a registered nurse and credentialed diabetes educator who is focusing on diabetes care in LGBTQIA+ communities. In this Global Postcards, he shares where the passion for this topic came about and why research into this area is so important. I don’t have diabetes but describe myself as a person running away from type…

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Changing Diabetes through New Advocacy – by AcT1ve Diabetes

The members of ACT1VE Diabetes share how they completed a challenging task in 2019 to define and present ways life with diabetes can be improved in the Philippines! Read their story in English and Tagalog: Read in English:  It all started with a message from Dr. Francis Pasaporte, Director of the Rainbow Camp, inviting young…

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Diabetes & Hashimoto’s – by Alondra Zambrano

As we approach World Diabetes Day, Alondra, the voice behind @type1latina, gets real with us about her experience as a woman of color living with multiple chronic conditions, including type 1 diabetes, Graves’ disease, and Hashimoto’s disease. Check out her postcard in English and Spanish! Read in English: I’ve had type 1 diabetes for 19 years, since…

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