Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Real life with diabetes: Insulin for Life

Jared biking in Moab last summer. Proof that diabetics can live a normal life!
I have to start out by saying that we are really blessed to live where we do, in a free nation with all kinds of medical help available. When Jared needs anything, such as blood glucose testing strips or insulin, all I have to do is go down the street to the pharmacy to pick it up. What's more, insurance pays for almost all of it. That's a huge blessing too...and I recognize that. It's not true for everyone.

During a visit to Jared's pediatric endocrinologist a couple of years ago, the doctor told us something that Jared and I had never thought about before. Kids in developing countries, such as India or Africa, who get Type 1 (insulin-dependent) diabetes die from it within a year. (And trust me, it would NOT be a pleasant death, not at all). The reason is because either they cannot get insulin at all, or if insulin happens to be available, it often costs more than the family makes in an entire month or even an entire year! This was something that really hit us hard. Jared had been in a rough patch and complaining about diabetes a lot. This news effectively put a stop to that. His smart doctor helped him realize that though diabetes is a tough disease, he's blessed to be able to get what he needs to live with it. Sadly, a lot of kids in the world don't.

Today I am sharing this news just to make you aware that children are dying of diabetes because they can't get or afford insulin. It doesn't have to happen. There is a group devoted to providing insulin and other supplies to children with Type 1 diabetes around the world.

Insulin for Life USA is a non-profit organization that helps diabetic children in third world countries get the insulin that they need to live.  To learn more about this problem or to help out, visit the website at www.insulinforlifeusa.org. 

3 comments:

  1. Wow, I had no idea. Thanks for enlightening me. How sad. Can't imagine losing a child to something that could be prevented if only the supplies were affordable and available.

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  2. I appreciate you sharing this information! It's something I never thought about. Thanks so much for sharing it with us at ‘Or so she says…’. I would love to have you back again to share even more of your great ideas. There’s a link party kicking off in the morning (every Sat. through Tues.) Hope to see you there! www.oneshetwoshe.com

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  3. Thanks for this informative post. Seeing how people conquered the odds is just awe-inspiring. I neither bike nor run but I walk to my work every day and it turns out that this simple activity has done wonderfully good to control my sugar level. By the way, I'm PWD, Type 2.

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