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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#insulin4all

Catch a glimpse of the #insulin4all movement in this Beta Change Global Postcard from NYC, where one of six vigils was held to remember people in the diabetes community who died because insulin was unaffordable – and to call for substantial overhaul (sometimes by literally calling Lilly’s ethics hotline to report a violation) of the pricing of crucial…

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Anđela’s sweet life & travelling with diabetes – by Anđela Pantelić

Anđela Pantelić, from Belgrade, Serbia, has been living with type 1 diabetes for 15 years. Anđela is a 23-year-old student in her final year studying Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management at Singidunum University. Earlier this year, she started to work in Etihad Airways as Contact Center Agent for Spanish-speaking clients. Anđela has visited 30 countries so…

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Small business serves diabetes community in Lithuania – by Aušra Gaudiesiene

Diabetes can be a blessing in disguise. For Aušra, she never thought that her son’s type 1 diabetes diagnosis would lead to a small business that brings hope and positivity to the diabetes community. Read her story in English and Lithuanian. Hello everyone! I am from Klaipeda, Lithuania. My family’s journey with type 1 diabetes started two…

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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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