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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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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Living Abroad with Type 1 Diabetes

Mary Shi joins us this International Women’s Day to chat about her experiences of moving from China to Paris to complete her PhD. Here, we talk about the challenges and success in adjusting to a different culture, language and healthcare system.

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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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