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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Overcoming Challenges with Diabetes – by Kamila

This year marks sixteen years since I was diagnosed with diabetes. I am now 32 years old, a teacher, the editor of Diastyl magazine – my country’s only diabetes magazine published by the IDF member organization VAZ Diabetiku Ceské Republiky – and above all, the mother of a two-year-old son.  I still remember the day…

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Diabetes Care During COVID Times – by the Diabetes Community Care Team

The Diabetes Community Care Team (DCCT) is a nonprofit, pharmacist-operated diabetes clinic which increases opportunities for people living with diabetes to access medical care and education. Our Mission is to help people with all types of diabetes manage the challenges of living with a chronic disease and mitigate barriers to care including financial, psychological, and…

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Dear friend, I will keep fighting for you – by Adrianna

Dear Friend,  I am writing this letter because I don’t feel ok about the injustice in this world and that my life is easier than yours. How is this, you ask?  We were both diagnosed 10 years ago with type 1 diabetes in Poland, our home country. We were 17 at the time. I remember…

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Insulin Crisis in Iran – by Mahsa

I’m a 20-year-old girl and I was diagnosed in 2019 (just under a year and a half ago. I live in Tehran. I love dancing and singing. This year I’ve made lots of friends who also have diabetes, and reading English books is another interest that I’ve recently discovered.  It’s been a real tough year.…

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Nigeria Diabetes Online Community (NGDOC) and diabetes advocacy work in Nigeria and Africa – by Debbie Bunmi

In 2012, when there was a lot of uncertainty in Nigeria, seven undergraduates of a reputable university started a discussion in their dormitory about the state of healthcare and diabetes awareness in Nigeria. This led to the creation of the Nigeria Diabetes Online Community (NGDOC) in 2013. Just nine days after this official launch on…

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(Uganda) Atina Glow Initiatives – by Anita K Ninsiima

Atina Glow Initiatives (AGI) is a public health NGO dedicated to advocating for people living with diabetes and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Uganda. I started AGI in September 2019 with the aim of sustaining the livelihoods of people living with these conditions and reducing the incidence of cases. Today, AGI is a women-founded organization…

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Living with Diabetes in the Maldives – by Juzan Mohamed

10 years after my diabetes diagnosis, no matter how much I always wanted to keep hoping, believing, and praying, there were several times that I almost thought, “I’m not going to make it this time. I’m probably going to die on this hospital bed”. Today, I’m a special educational needs teacher and a member of…

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Tina’s Type One & Studying Abroad – by Tina Mallia

Back in April 2018, after a long day at university, I went home to find a letter of acceptance to study abroad on an Erasmus programme. Erasmus allows students to study in another European country for a couple of months – I had applied to study in Scotland for around five months, and as ecstatic…

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