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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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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Spare A Rose, Save A Child – by Renza Scibilia and Chris Aldred

At Beta Change, we believe that diabetes should not be a barrier to living our best lives. Sadly, the reality is that type 1 diabetes is still a considered a death sentence for those living in developing countries where families choose between insulin and food. While organisations such as T1International fight for global insulin access for all,…

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Prepare, Smile and Ask for Help – by Tessa Dinnes

We met Tess at the Australian HealtheVoices Conference in October 2018. After hearing her story and what she does, we were absolutely blown away with her positivity, energy and determination. So of course we had to share it here!  I’m Tess, soon-to-be 25 (whoa!), and I live on the Gold Coast, in Queensland, Australia. I…

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Global Advocacy with T1International

For Universal Health Coverage Day, we spoke with Cate Ndwiga from Kenya on her role as a global advocate for our friends at T1International. In this Minisode, Cate shares her commitment in advocating for insulin access and affordability for all.  Follow T1International’s work here: Facebook: www.facebook.com/t1international Twitter: @t1international Instagram: @t1international Website: www.t1international.com

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Hope for Venezuela #VenezeulaSinInsulina – by María Inés Garriga

María Inés Garriga is a professional systems engineer and has worked in education for many years. She uses social media to engage with the diabetes online community (#DOC) and advocate for people with diabetes in Venezuela, where the country is in an ongoing economic crisis. Read her story in English and Spanish. My family and…

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Insulin for Life – saving lives around the world

At Beta Change, we are passionate about supporting organisations that are making a difference in the diabetes community. One such organisation we support is Insulin for Life – a not-for-profit that planted its humble roots in Australia. To date, Insulin for Life Australia has been honoured with several  international awards, including The International Diabetes Federation…

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Giving Back with DrugStars – by Nete Holm

At Beta Change, we’re constantly inspired by stories of people doing awesome things. Nete shares with us that you don’t need to hold positions of responsibility to do awesome things in the diabetes community. Through DrugStars, she’s found a way to give back to her diabetes community! Since 2012 I’ve been really active in the Danish diabetes…

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Overcoming Discrimination and Bullying – by Yemurai Machirori

Not all heroes wear capes. Some overcome discrimination and bullying to pursue their dreams and graduate from college like our dear friend, Yemurai! My name is Yemurai Machirori and I am 24 years old and I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in September 2004, a month before my 12th birthday. I was born in…

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Diabetes Emergency Kits – Part 1

The Beta Change team held a Virtual Roundtable in October to discuss diabetes emergency kits. It was a conversation that was thought-provoking, funny (Ash keeps life-saving lipstick in hers…), and honest. Our Emergency Kit Expert, Fi, has written a 3-part series on the Beta Change Blog to expand on the Roundtable discussion. Read on for more and…

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