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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Supporting Youth with Diabetes in Tanzania – George Kwayu

We actually first met George many years ago through a global diabetes program. Fast forward to January 2019, we’re hanging out at the Medtronic Bakken Honoree Invitation event in Hawaii! During this time, we got to share many more stories and the we heard the amazing work that George has accomplished and continues to do…

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Taking Action: Being A Diabetes Mom – by Areej Ashram

This Mother’s Day, we’re proud to feature a Global Postcard from Areej, a social worker and mother of two children with type 1 diabetes in Saudi Arabia. Check out her story about taking action as a diabetes mom in English and Arabic! في عيد الأم هذا ، نحن فخورين بتقديم بطاقة بريدية عالمية من أريج…

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World Health Day: Universal Health Coverage – by Weronika Kowalska

We first met Weronika during National Diabetes Awareness Month last year where she introduced us to her awesome social media channels (which has since grown) and her diabetes advocacy work. Now, we are pleased to have Weronika back to share her experience as part of the European Health Parliament during World Health Day. Today we celebrate World…

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Everesting For Life – by Neil McLagan

Neil is passionate about showing diabetes who’s boss! Always the adventurer, he’s always about chasing the next challenge. Recently he’s combined these adventures with raising awareness and funds for diabetes! Hear about his upcoming adventure to raise funds for Insulin For Life. My name is Neil McLagan and I live in Perth, Western Australia. I…

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Breaking Down the Technology Barrier – by Kamil aka Nerdabetic

At Beta Change, we love getting updates on latest and greatest diabetes technology that’s happening around the world. It’s no surprise that we came across Nerdabetic’s amazing YouTube and Instagram accounts while doing so! We’re lucky enough to get a quick introduction to Kamil, the person behind Nerdabetic, and to find out why he does…

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