Diabetes & Hashimoto’s – by Alondra Zambrano

As we approach World Diabetes Day, Alondra, the voice behind @type1latina, gets real with us about her experience as a woman of color living with multiple chronic conditions, including type 1 diabetes, Graves’ disease, and Hashimoto’s disease. Check out her postcard in English and Spanish! Read in English: I’ve had type 1 diabetes for 19 years, since…

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Diabitess

Join us for our next Beta Change Minisode with Sena Yüzgeç, environmental engineering student, designer of the SeYu collection, and creator of Diabetsese! Sena has been living with type 1 diabetes for over 10 years and will be joining us from Turkey.  Don’t forget to follow her on Instagram: @Diabitess and check out the Global Postcard she…

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Small business serves diabetes community in Lithuania – by Aušra Gaudiesiene

Diabetes can be a blessing in disguise. For Aušra, she never thought that her son’s type 1 diabetes diagnosis would lead to a small business that brings hope and positivity to the diabetes community. Read her story in English and Lithuanian. Hello everyone! I am from Klaipeda, Lithuania. My family’s journey with type 1 diabetes started two…

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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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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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