I have been thinking a lot lately about determination and first steps. It can be easy to get discouraged and feel like global diabetes problems – or any problems or adversity we face – are just too big and too much to handle. We may feel that as one person, there is little we can do. I am personally very passionate about making life for people living with diabetes around the world better, and for a long time I was really tired of being outraged by global inequality of access to medicine, education, and supplies. Before I decided to DO something with my outrage, it remained only that – sadness and anger about the problem. Once I decided to take the first step towards changing this problem, tackling it didn’t seem as daunting as it had before I was working towards change. For me, the first step towards change was in the form of this web site. Continue reading
I’m so pleased to have recently discovered that T1International, myself, and my efforts to raise funds for AYUDA made the FRONT PAGE of my hometown newspaper! You can read the full article online by clicking this link.
I recently finished the horrifying yet necessary read, Bad Pharma, by Ben Goldacre. It’s impossible to sum up the book in one blog item, but I did a little more research of my own and have written the following to try to bring out some of the main issues that we in the UK, the US, and the rest of the world are facing when it comes to BIG problems with the healthcare industry and, of course, with pharmaceutical companies. I’m echoing a lot of Goldacre’s messages, but the additional research I have done leads me to agree with a lot of what is in his book, which is frightening stuff. I particularly enjoyed the way that Bad Pharma’s afterword preempts any critics by finding aspects in the book that Goldacre knew would get backlash and explaining why those accusations wouldn’t be correct. It was pretty comical to see big pharma reps accusing him of exactly what he said they would, even though their accusations were completely unfounded. Now, onto the ‘Big Issues’! Continue reading
Most of you who read this blog already know that I am extremely passionate about diabetes around the world. You may not know, however, that education is another enthusiasm of mine. Several years ago I was on track to be a teacher, but my path changed slightly, and I came to London to study international development and eventually started T1International. Through the blog I have been able to meet many inspiring people that have taught me a lot about global diabetes and have really encouraged and supported me in my pursuits. One of those people is Merith Basey. I cannot say enough wonderful things about Merith, but the focus of this post is her work with an organization called AYUDA. Continue reading