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Interview with Beta Change

Beta Change recently interviewed me via Facebook Live
Katie Doyle of Beta Change emailed me one day asking to see if I'd be interested in doing an interview with them sometime. I was definitely flattered and delighted to share our story on their amazing global platform and couldn't turn down this wonderful opportunity. We discussed a bit about Coral's diagnosis, how I started the Blog, my T1dlife shop and mentioned a few resources to affordable insulin (scroll down to Additional Resources). See the YouTube Minisode below or click here. Much mahalos to everyone for supporting this blog, Zazzle shop, and our followers on Instagram @type1diabetic_life!

About Beta Change Beta Change is a grass-roots organization aiming to create a global network and foster collaboration between all stakeholders within the diabetes community. Together, they hope to provide adequate and sustainable access to diabetes medication, equipment, education and support to all people living with diabete…
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