Living with Diabetes in Africa could be a bit challenging especially when one is in Isolation.
Which is why we are coming up with list of people living with diabetes globally that didn’t allow Diabetes affect who they are.
They have proved beyond reasonable doubt through their dedication and exploits that #Diabetes can’t stop us irrespective of our age, race, social status and nationality.
PEOPLE LIVING WITH DIABETES THAT WILL INSPIRE YOU
Mohammad Al-Bahar (Kuwait)
My name is Mohammad, I’m 31 years old, I was diagnosed with diabetes when I was 2 years old (DOD 25 May 1986).
I have graduated from College of Business Administration in 2006, majored in Management Information System / IT, pursued a professional insurance diploma from the Chartered Insurance Institute based in the United Kingdom, used to work in insurance for 5 years and now working in Land Development (Kuwait Direct Investment Promotion Authority).
I’m a Young Leader in Diabetes representing Kuwait and the MENA Region, my project is titled: “Diabetes Ambassadors Program”, which is mainly about spreading awareness about Type 1 Diabetes in Schools, colleges, universities as well as the workplace, to correct the misconception, fight discrimination and share our experience as diabetics about diabetes and how it can be managed and controlled.
My life with diabetes wasn’t easy, I had my highs and lows, in 2011 I went into a hypoglycemia coma, that experience lead me to take a stand and take good care of my health, I have learned carb counting and I’m currently using an insulin pump, I do exercise, extreme sports and have traveled the world.
I have considered diabetes as my friend … realizing that I’m not alone with diabetes, I have met an amazing group of people from all around the world diagnosed with diabetes, and we have learned from each other experiences that together we can control diabetes and live a healthy and a productive life just like everyone else, all we have to do is take certain measures into consideration.
Cherise Shockley (United States of America)
I was diagnosed with Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults in June 2004.
I have been an invited speaker and presenter on the topic of diabetes and social media. I founded Diabetes Social Media Advocacy (DSMA) to empower, support and connect people affected by diabetes.
Through DSMA’s Twitter chats and Blog Talk Radio shows we are able to focus on life with diabetes and at as a pillar that brings the diabetes online community together.
Diabetes is a frustrating condition; it’s up and down, but what helps me stay sane is a lot of prayer and my faith. If I could offer one piece of advice, please do not allow diabetes to steal your joy.
Life is too precious to focus on the inconsistency of this condition; it’s not your fault.
Elizabeth Rowley (United Kingdom)
My name is Elizabeth Rowley. I was born in the United States and have lived with type 1 diabetes for over 20 years.
There are a lot of things that make living with diabetes a challenge, particularly because people with Type 1 diabetes never get a break. It never goes away. We constantly have to test blood sugar, calculate carbohydrates, estimate insulin levels, factor in exercise or activity to avoid high or low blood sugars – not to mention the emotional and psychological effects! This is all exacerbated for someone who is struggling to access their insulin, diabetes supplies, or lacks proper diabetes education – a subject I care deeply about.
I moved to London in 2011 to complete my Master’s degree in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies at the London School of Economics and Political Science. During my course of study I gained the skills and confidence to set up T1International, a small charity that aims to raise awareness and make sure that everyone with type 1 diabetes has access to everything they need to survive and achieve their dreams. We have come a long way and, along with everyone that lives with or has a connection to type 1 diabetes, I know we can make a difference and address the fact that many people with type 1 diabetes are fighting for their lives daily due to lack of supplies, care, treatment, and education.
Living with diabetes has been a struggle for me personally, but I have done my best not to let it stop me from doing the things I want in life. It has given me a lot of determination and I am confident that by working together we can find creative and sustainable solutions to the complex problems faced by people with diabetes.
Yemurai Sammantha Machirori (Zimbabwe)
My name is Yemurai Sammantha Machirori, a 22 year old lady from Zimbabwe.
I was born on 31 October 1992 and I am currently studying tourism and hospitality management at one of our local colleges.
I was diagnosed with type one diabetes just a month before my 12th birthday, in September 2004. Accepting that I had diabetes was not much of a problem in my first two years of diagnosis, maybe because I was in an environment where I knew that everyone cared about me.
However, things started to change as I started senior school. Meeting new people and trying to fit into a new environment was difficult for both me and my diabetes and hence making my senior school years the worst of my diabetic life.
As I started college in 2012, I started working with my member association more, meeting more young people with diabetes and realising that diabetes was not a condition that only affected “old people”, something that I had been made to believe in senior school by the ladies I learnt with.
“I would like to help other children like me”… is what I told my mum on the night that I was diagnosed with diabetes and I was pushed a step towards my dream as I was approached by my member association to represent Zimbabwe as a young leader in diabetes in Melbourne (2012).
This gesture helped me a lot as I now appreciate my condition even more, and also determined to help other youths with diabetes in my country.