The League of DiAthletes hosts a team of empowering “DiAdvocates” who each live with type 1 diabetes from around the world, based across 5 global LOD Zones: Africa, America, Asia, Europe & Oceania.

Here you can meet the DiAdvocates!

AFRICA:

Audrey Holm, Ghana 🇬🇭   @naanaaokailey
“It hasn’t been an easy diabetes-journey; yes, it is manageable but it can also be ugly & exhausting with high and low blood sugars. There are many challenges type 1s have to live with, but we can be anything a ‘normal’ person is and more! With the right management, I believe diabetes doesn’t have to stop us from reaching our goals #diabeteswontstopus

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Fred Appiah Twum, Ghana 🇬🇭   @nananexusgh
“In doing one thing constantly for so long people consider you an expert, but diabetes is different, complacency would undo all your years of hard work, or worse be the death of you. But no matter how bad you think you’ve got it, you are not alone. When the dust settles around us, you realise there is one option – to keep on fighting & surviving. Diabetes won’t stop us.” 

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Yaa Bimpeh, Ghana 🇬🇭   @yaabimpeh
“There have been several ups and downs; it took me a while to finally accept the condition and now I can confidently say that I understand how my body functions and therefore look after myself well in order to better manage my diabetes.”

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Eniola Araromi, Nigeria 🇳🇬   @eni_romi
“Although Type One Diabetes can slow us down, it should never stop us from achieving whatever goal we have set for ourselves. Don’t forget that we are much greater than our highs and lows!”

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Emmanuel Kisembo, Uganda 🇺🇬
“In my journey thus far I have met warriors (a.k.a. people living with T1D) across the East African region, from all walks of life, and so many, from measly backgrounds, that have managed to live positively with T1D. It is this community and interaction with such warriors that have given me the break I needed to transform my attitude and find the positive in my diagnosis.”

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AMERICA:

Naty Noschese, Brazil 🇧🇷   @natynosch
“Nothing in this world is done alone; we count on people: especially our parents, our dear colleagues, our friends who are part of the conviviality of the condition, and all those we meet living with the condition itself. As we operate with Piquenique Azul in Brazil, we can unite stronger as a family who have diabetes.” 

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Dr. Daniela Rojas, Costa Rica 🇨🇷  @diabeticasolutions
“From experience, we need to help prevent people living with type one diabetes from feeling alone, afraid of their own body, anxious or depressed – I want to help people with diabetes to understand that although the process is not always easy, there is always a way to learn from their bodies and every experience – together with education, we can become stronger and comfortable in our own skin. I believe that you can not only live very healthy but also live very happy in life with diabetes.”

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Dr. Paula Chinchilla, Costa Rica 🇨🇷   @pauchinchilla
“Living with type 1 diabetes has made me a person that wants to give peace, love and empowerment to others living with the same condition through education and my experience. For me diabetes is a lifestyle and it can become an opportunity to reach places and people you have never imagined. Fears and uncertainty could take place sometimes but if we ask for support and set our minds to win this challenge we can be stronger”

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Dani Molina, Ecuador 🇪🇨   @danimolinasanchez
“We can never give up. There are good and bad days and although there are many times that we get tired, we hate injections, medicines, carbohydrate counting and everything life with diabetes entails, we must always keep in mind that not all people could live with this and that being able to handle it every day makes us superheroes without a cloak.”

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Lucas Fogarty, United States 🇺🇸   @dashsportsedu
“Diabetes is one of the most diverse and debilitating monster friends I ve ever had. It makes me cry, feel vulnerable and empowered all at the same time. Without diabetes I wouldn’t know what to do with my life, with it I feel inspired to change to the world.”

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ASIA:

Dr Apoorva Gomber, India 🇮🇳   @t1d_fighter
“Life wasn’t meant to be fair when diabetes came in but it has given me so much love, care, compassion, consistency and a reason to stay positive and fight against all everyday odds! I get up stronger everyday! Each day is new learning…”

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Athaari Al Homoud, Kuwait
“Being a person living with type 1diabetes isn’t that easy and that’s why I’ve became a stronger person! I have patience, determination, ambition, courage and being healthier as well. So don’t let anyone break you , don’t be affected because there is someone who looks at you as a helpless person because you know from the deep inside that you are a special person and able to do whatever you want. At the end I would like to say enjoy the benefits of being T1D.”

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Mohammad Al Bahar, Kuwait 🇰🇼   @thediabetictraveler.
“As a person diabetes has made me stronger, determined and understanding; by being open with it, diabetes has also given me the chance to connect with many people around the world that are living with the condition.”

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Anum Anwar, Pakistan 🇵🇰   @anum2191
“Challenges are backed by opportunities that’s how I take my diabetes as it gave me chance to see a new dimension of life.”

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Dr Sana Ajmal, Pakistan 🇵🇰   @sana.ajmalinsta
“All I had to hear was someone telling my father that he should not be spending money on my education (I was a brilliant student) as I would lose my eyes & kidneys, and would be eaten away by the ‘diabetes termite’ anyway. That was enough to light this passion of “showing it to the world” in my heart. I decided to follow an academic career to prove people wrong and to prove my own worth and standing. In pursuance of my determination, in 2016, I completed my PhD from a renowned university in Pakistan. I luckily found a nice guy who thought that I had more spark in me than my diabetes could possibly diminish, got married and have now got two boys. Another myth busted here. If you manage your levels well, you can live a healthy and fulfilling life.”

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Talha Khan, Pakistan 🇵🇰   @talha.khan758
“You need to be proactive in monitoring your sugar levels on a regular basis, taking your insulin on time, and to have that fire within: the belief that despite having diabetes, there is nothing you cannot achieve!”

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OCEANIA:

Nikki Forrest, Australia 🇦🇺   @niktown 
“Despite the challenges and sometimes unpredictable nature of diabetes, I have never let it get in the way of me living my life to the fullest. I am a very active person and love to get outside whether that is going for walks along the river, swims at the beach, or camping out with friends.”

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Tammy Moran, Australia 🇦🇺   @miss_t1d
“Life is not over because you have a type of diabetes. Own it. Conquer it day by day and put a smile on your face.”

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EUROPE:

Leonor Marchand, France 🇫🇷   @t1d.leonor
“I try to turn this fatality into an opportunity. I would never wish to anyone to have type one diabetes, some days it is just pain and frustration and it’s hard to accept it and it’s a 24/7 challenge and you never get days off from it. But, if you’re gonna be stuck with this condition anyway, you better try to see what good could come out of it. I’ve decided to try to turn it into an opportunity, an opportunity to be a better person, a reminder to live my life to the fullest, an opportunity to meet incredible people, to be inspired by them and to connect and share with them, and to build a better world together. I live beyond type 1 by sharing positive energy & by meeting incredible human beings in the t1d community. I let it shape a better version of myself.”

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Konstantina Boumaki, Greece 🇬🇷   @konna_boum
“Don’t ever be afraid to talk about your diabetes. A small step like sharing your story might make a huge difference in someone else’s life.”

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Kate Gajewska, Poland 🇵🇱   @edudiabetes1
“I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes more than 30 years ago and diabetes has never stopped me from any type of challenge: from playing in the professional football team, through sailing, diving, conducting a PhD and having a baby. The key to maintain both – your life and your life with diabetes – is to make all diabetes related tasks part of your daily routine (like brushing your teeth) and try not to be a perfectionist. Just act and react quickly and control the controllables!”

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Dr Matyas Daboczi, Romania 🇷🇴   @csibesz89

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Teodora Andone, Romania 🇷🇴   @teoandone

Diabetes-people are the sweetest on Earth. I absoltely think that we are superheroes, because we manage 24/7 our disease and we never give up. After 12 years (many more to come) of being a type 1 diabetic, I’m able to say that it is a real blessing to prove myself, to the dear ones and to anybody that I am strong and disciplined; I can go hiking, I can participate at music festivals by wearing my pump, check my blood sugar level and simply enjoy life.”

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Chris Bright, United Kingdom 🇬🇧   @brighty08 
“Diabetes doesn’t have to be a mountain to climb, if you work with it, seek support when you need it and think positively, it’s just another hurdle to jump when going after your dreams!”

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Elizabeth Rowley, United Kingdom 🇬🇧   @t1international
“Life with diabetes is complicated. Access to vital insulin, diabetes supplies and medical care should not be. I believe in a world where everyone with type 1 diabetes has everything they need to survive and thrive. Through T1International I fight for access to affordable insulin and supplies for all worldwide.”

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Gavin Griffiths, United Kingdom 🇬🇧   @thediathlete 
I don’t view type 1 diabetes as my enemy in life, I see it as my biggest competitor. To be a true champion you first have to learn to respect your competitors in order to get the better of them.”

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