Riding the Diabetes Surf

Hey everyone, my name is Ben. I’m 24 years of age and I’m a surfer and a Physiotherapy student, and I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when I was 11. As a competitive surfer with type 1 diabetes, good management is crucial to being able to focus on my long-term goals, upcoming contests, and…

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Embracing Pregnancy with Diabetes – by Mellissa

My name is Mellissa and I am 23 years old. I have been living with type 1 diabetes for the past seven years.  It has taken seven years for me to get to a point where I no longer am afraid of my disease. I had lived in fear for so long – fear of…

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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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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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(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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An Unexpected DiaJourney – by Ronaldo Pineda Wieselberg

There are some people who use their life problems as their best qualities. I could say that I am one of these people. Back in 1993, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and even knowing I wanted to become a physician, the topic “diabetes” was totally unknown. However, my life was turned upside-down, and…

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Minisode: Debbie’s Diabetes Hub & #NGDOC

In this minisode, we sit down with Debbie Bumni about her diabetes journey, advocating during COVID-19 times and what the future looks like for diabetes advocates. We hear about her Diabetes Hub as well as the Nigeria Diabetes Online Community (@theNGdoc on Twitter). Check it out below!

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Enhancing the Lives of People with Type 1 Diabetes in India – by the Diabetes India Youth in Action (DIYA) team

At Beta Change, we love hearing about and working with like-minded individuals and groups. In this Global Postcard, we will hear from the Diabetes India Youth in Action (DIYA) to learn about how they are providing support to young people living with type 1 diabetes in India. What is DIYA about? DIYA exists with a…

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Africa Diabetes Alliance: Empowering Advocacy in Africa – by Edith Mukantwari

Edith, co-founder of Africa Diabetes Alliance (ADA), wrote us an inspiring Global Postcard from Kampala, Uganda following our recent Minisode. Read on to learn about how ADA seeks to disarm diabetes myths daily and nurture a vibrant, engaged, informed, and empowered community of young people living with diabetes in Africa. As a youth-led organisation, Africa…

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