Life for a Child, a Harsh Reality

By Courtney | 2 Rookie Marks »

Before tonight, I’d not heard about the Life for a Child project.

Before tonight, I can’t say that I’d ever thought about diabetes in other countries.

Lolo told me about this video, she got to watch it tonight. It’s not online, but the trailer is. There’s a harsh reality out there that I was oblivious to. I was completely clueless.

The video, follows the journeys of children with type 1 diabetes amid the verdant mountains and swarming streets of Nepal, one of the world’s poorest countries. Lolo was telling me that the kids that will walk 4 hrs to go to the doctor, sometimes it takes 6 hours. And while they’re walking, if they go low, they don’t have glucose tabs on them, and sometimes they pass out. They don’t get to test their blood daily, they’re lucky if it gets tested when they go to the doctor, and they’re blindly taking insulin once a day. I say blindly because they don’t know what their sugars are.

I started searching on the web to see what else was out there that I didn’t know. It’s enough to at this moment make me wonder why I ever complain about things like my pump and how I hate it some days. I knew that there was a battle to get pumps and CGM from insurance companies, but my vision of the battle didn’t extend further than the US. I take so much for granted when it comes to my diabetes.

I don’t like what I’m reading in terms of what diabetics in developing countries don’t have. I don’t like these statistics that I didn’t know about.

Did you know that seven out of ten countries with the highest number of people living with diabetes are in the developing world?

Did you know that a person requiring insulin for survival in Zambia will live an average of 11 years; a person in Mali can expect to live for 30 months; in Mozambique a person requiring insulin will be dead within 12 months?

I can go on and on with the “did you knows” which really translate to “Courtney didn’t know”. It’s sad. Real real sad.

2 Rookie Marks On Life for a Child, a Harsh Reality

  1. Now perhaps that you have this newfound information, might it give you some extra spring in your step when you are running, and racing for a cure?

    ...said Will on November 11th, 2008
  2. It will definitely be different when I’m racing. When I’m wearing down and becoming frustrated with my blood sugars these people will enter my mind and I’ll be reminded that I have nothing to complain about…I’ll be reminded that I’m racing as a choice and that sometimes they’re doing the same distances but for them it’s life or death, a trip to the doctor…yes, things will be different now.

    ...said Courtney on November 11th, 2008

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