I can safely say that I returned to Canada, leaving a piece of my heart with individuals around the world. It broke my heart to hear that in Zambia, getting a meter isn't easy. In fact, the specific person, had diabetes for eight years before getting his/her own meter. The clinic was where he/she checked not at home. Something that blew my mind, as I thought about the diabetes supplies I had been hoarding at home. I felt guilty, sad, mad at myself for collecting and not giving.
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Knowing what I know now about countries around the world and the difference regarding access to insulin and other supplies - I feel less fearful of my future and rather upset about others. I wish so badly there was a way to guarantee that no one dies because they cannot get access to insulin or because they did not have the opportunity to test their blood sugar or sugar in their urine. This is terribly upsetting.
I know that there are various foundations that are working at making change and I truly feel like we as diabetics have the power to make change. It just is not an easy task.