Diabetes Care from an Australian First Nation Perspective – by Chris Lee

Much of this is based on my own journey and in observations and conversations with family, friends, and First Nations people I’ve encountered in my professional, personal and cultural lives. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes back in 2014, and it’s been a difficult journey to discover what my condition was, what it was…

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Fuelling Passions – by Shaina

Shaina Hatchell, BSN, RN, CDCES, is the author of Shia Learns and a recent Beta Change Minisode guest based in Washington, D.C. I am a strong believer that my talents and life story are not for me. There is triumph in speaking about my life and using what some may see as my pain to…

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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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Minisode: Surfing the Waves with Diabetes

2017 Australian Long Board Surf Champion Ben Considine joined Fi and Ash to talk about his holistic approach to life, diabetes, and surfing! Watch the Minisode recap to learn about Ben’s roots in Victoria, Australia, how he manages traveling the world and surfing with type 1 diabetes, and how he balances life as a 23-year-old…

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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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Minisode: Talking About Diabetes in the Family Unit

Join Fi and Megan, two state winners of the Credentialed Diabetes Educators (CDE) of the year award in Australia as they chat about adapting life to a diabetes diagnosis within the family. Check it out below!

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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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Navigating Life and Diabetes During COVID Times

What a year 2020 has been! COVID-19 has, without a doubt, thrown a spanner in our lives and left us scrambling trying to adapt to a “new normal.” We’ve seen this impact our team at Beta Change in numerous ways too – from sudden change in workload, being stranded away from our loved ones, to…

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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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