I am lucky. I have Type 1 diabetes and I just happen to have been born in a country, in a family, in a part of the world that has the resources I need to stay alive every day. We can whine and complain and wish, wish, wish we didn’t have this disease, but we are lucky. If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that you have access to insulin. Even if you’re paying a lot for it, even if you’re relying on state-run programs to get your insulin, you actually have the insulin you need.
The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) represents and supports people with diabetes across the globe. Their mission, in a nutshell, is to help all areas of the globe create better medical assistance programs to treat people with diabetes. Their biggest campaign is Life For a Child, raising funds to get insulin for children who simply don’t have any.
Can you imagine not having access to a glucose meter? In this country, the majority of us are very fortunate. It is almost trendy to resent and begrudge that lancing device and those test strips. Trendy to ignore your diabetes, skip shots, and go days without checking your blood sugar. We are compassionate to such neglectful behavior in this country, because we have all the resources we need, so instead we bemoan that we need those resources in the first place. We have diabetes, and it sucks, sure, but we are lucky.
Living with diabetes in a community that cannot give us insulin and test strips would give our life with diabetes a whole new meaning. Every day, instead of a being tedious and challenging, would be a literal struggle to survive.
We are lucky. You are lucky. I am lucky.
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