The Unacceptable Reality: Type 1 Diabetes in Uganda

For 23 years, Robinah has managed to stay alive against many odds, but only barely. She tests her blood once a month when she can get to the clinic in Kampala, whereas most people living with Type 1 in developed countries test multiple times a day.

I knew she was my daughter

Two and a half months after my diagnosis, I got a message from a friend back in Uganda, who told me about a little girl that was just diagnosed with Type 1 and needed a foster family. As soon as I heard those words, I knew in my heart that she was my daughter before I could even get to the end of her message.

Young Woman Joins the Tanzanian Diabetic Youth Alliance

Diabetes care in Tanzania is quite good. Clinics are expanding with about 33 diabetic clinics in Tanzania. There is still a need to educate people about diabetes, and this is especially true in rural areas, but currently, there are a lot of efforts being done by the Tanzanian Diabetes Association and other stake holders to ensure that awareness is spread all over.

An Indian Woman’s Journey with Type 1 Diabetes

The reality hit me when the doctor came on the day of my discharge to demonstrate to me how to take insulin on my own with the help of an insulin pen. In short, how to prick and pierce myself with needles everyday. He told me in simple language, “You can’t forget taking insulin as you can’t forget to breath.”

Uganda and the Future of Those with Type 1

Mokisa wants to be a doctor, he says, so he can help people. He wants to learn like all the other children. He will die in a short amount of time, his kind nurse Sarah says, if he can’t get access to insulin. All the children will.

Welcome to the Jungle — Iquitos, Peru

Discover what it's like to live with Type 1 diabetes in Peru as Neil Greathouse investigates communities throughout who lack the resources and technology that we have in other parts of the world. Without proper testing, many die or if they are by chance diagnosed, manage in extraordinary ways and by unthinkable means.

The Boy on the Bus

These two things, insulin in the fridge and friends who are keen to listen, may make me the most fortunate Type 1 in Panamá. No one’s relationship with this disease is easy, but you must consider something: by reading this article you are among the most fortunate of diabetics out there. Our struggles, as agonizing as they are, are a dream to many.

Sign in Restaurant Tells Diabetics to Give Insulin in Bathroom

WATERTOWN, NY - Mike’s Pig Pen restaurant recently put up a sign, which requested diabetics — Type 1 and Type 2 — to give themselves insulin in the bathroom instead of the public eating area.

Diabetes in India for a Young Woman

Being diagnosed with diabetes as a teenager came as a challenge in itself and especially in a developing country like India. I had already spent a significant portion of my teenage years without it, so everyone knew me without diabetes.

Campaigning for Diabetes in the UK

I was headed to Parliament, as co-chair of the event and ready to do a speech in front of more MP's and their constituents. This time it was to lobby for government funding into Type 1 research here in the UK. We get nowhere without research.

AYUDA in the Dominican Republic

Every year, AYUDA organizes volunteer trips abroad to help underprivileged T1D communities overseas. This summer, they are taking volunteers to the Dominican Republic to help put together two education programs for people with Type 1 Diabetes.

Building a Global Diabetes Fashion Brand

AnnaPS sells high quality clothes for men, women and kids — all with integrated pockets for diabetes devices. Personally, I could never live without them — but I also love spreading the word about them to fellow diabetics.

Paris – When My Mom Thought She Lost Me

The door banged open and light flooded into the room. I bolted upright out of bed as my roommate groggily sat up. It was probably 3 or 4 a.m., Paris time, maybe 6 or 7 in California, where my family was. I looked around confused, then slowly realized what had happened.

The Deadly Earthquake of Nepal and How this Type 1 Survived Everest

While her employer was aware of her condition, he didn't think it prevented her from doing her job or awarded any special treatment. She was in charge of her diabetes management. "He [Breashears] can't be responsible for my diabetes, I told my mom," says Svati. "I already felt like a burden not being a climber let alone having never been to the country."

A Death Sentence — Changing the Outlook of Type 1 in Developing Nations

We asked, "What happens to Type 1s in these areas of the world when they grow up, and how can we give them a chance to make it?" We want to teach them how to use resources that they have whether they are adequate or inadequate. And how to teach healthcare systems how to best take care of Type 1s and how to best enable Type 1s to take care of themselves and be their own doctor.