Testimonial

Andrew Saliba

Lebanon
Living with diabetes has taught to be proud, and not ashamed, of having the condition, because I have a story to tell.

How long have you been living with diabetes?

I've been living with type 1 diabetes for four years.

How were you diagnosed?

I was diagnosed due to an eating disorder.

Did your diagnosis come as a surprise to you?

It wasn't a surprise because the symptoms pointed to the possibility of me having type 1 diabetes.

How did your diagnosis affect your family or loved ones?

It has affected my family both mentally and emotionally. Despite hardships, they have managed to take care of me and motivate me to manage my condition.

What are the most important things that have supported your diabetes care?

My family and all the doctors and nurses at dia Leb. They welcomed me to one big family full of encouragement and hope. Playing basketball has also helped me with my health.

What has living with diabetes taught you the most?

To be proud, and not ashamed, of having diabetes because I have a story to tell.

What has been your lowest point with diabetes?

Losing some friends because of my diabetes and struggling with management of my condition on a daily basis.

Have you ever experienced issues accessing diabetes medicines, supplies and care?

Yes, especially during the current time of crisis in my country.

What would you like to see change in diabetes over the next 100 years?

A cure for diabetes and continued medical advances.

What do you think needs to change to improve the lives of people living with diabetes in your country?

There should be more awareness campaigns and conferences that can help improve the lives of people living with diabetes.

What does the centenary of insulin mean to you?

Insulin is a partner for life. If we leave it, we will die, if we use it correctly we will live. Once it becomes our friend, it becomes a cure.

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