Why and how we CAN Change the World (DBlogWeek #1)

I’ve written about this topic several times, but as it’s officially Diabetes Blog Week I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to state again how important I think it is that we as a diabetes community work together using our combined diabetic enthusiasm, energy, expertise and sheer numbers to ensure that everyone living with diabetes, no matter where they come from, has a chance to survive and to live life to the fullest. I am adamant that we have the power to change the world.

I set up T1International because I saw a huge gap and lack of focus on the most pressing diabetes issues around the world. There are so many wonderful blogs that exist for people to find support, express their stress and anger and learn to cope, but there aren’t a lot of resources available for someone who is struggling to pay for their insulin or test strips, or for someone who has to choose on a daily basis whether they should feed their family or buy their child’s insulin.

People living with diabetes in a disaster zone (like Syria, for example) suffer delayed access to their medicine or face paying up to 10x the regular price for their insulin on the black market. Some of the friends I made through the Young Leaders in Diabetes programme explained how people with diabetes in their countries have to pay exorbitant prices for a vial of insulin and that daily blood sugar tests are a novelty that is unaffordable to most. Even more hard to swallow is the knowledge that  many children are dying before ever being able to receive any insulin at all, possibly before even knowing that the sickness they had was Type 1 diabetes.

On World Diabetes Day I asked a question, and I’ll ask it again: as a global diabetes community, shouldn’t we be tackling the biggest, most detrimental problems above all else? This is not to say we shouldn’t continue to change the world in important ways like researching for a cure, or making technology accessible, or supporting each other – but we have the opportunity to change the diabetes world in a BIG way, so we need to get talking about the urgent issues and uniting to find a solution to the problems and – bottom line – to save lives!

My blog is a start because people with diabetes in the worst situations don’t necessarily always have the ability to speak out about their priorities and talk about the battles they are fighting, so T1International tries to facilitate that. But it will take a lot of us to turn awareness into action and to change the world in the best, most efficient and effective way possible. If we use the huge amount of passion and influence that comes with being a large and caring community, we will tackle the crises and come up with an approach to empower others and make real change.

Join the change-makers and share the infographic we made with as many people as possible to spread awareness about the problems around access to insulin and inspire that change.


4 thoughts on “Why and how we CAN Change the World (DBlogWeek #1)

  1. nldiabetic

    This was well written and a topic that I think many of us are fortunate to not have to deal with in such an extent as some of the global population. I’m often sickened by the amount of waste in our methods of treatment – 17units of insulin, unused, in every tubing change. Leftover insulin a reservoir, etc.

    Your post reminded me of the efforts of Jerry Gore and “Jerry’s Insulin Challenge” to raise money to bring insulin to third world nations. I do plan to donate to him. Thank you for the reminder.

    1. ERowley Post author

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting, Kyle. I’m glad it reminded you about a very worthy cause! Feel free to share the blog with others who may be interested. 🙂


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