Jamie Kurtzig was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) at the age of 19 months. Now 15, she has been writing about her experiences on a blog series since 2017, first as “Diary of an Artificial Pancreas” and most recently under the title “Looping with Jamie”. Her family will be living in the Ukraine and India over the next year and will be JDRF Global Advocates during this time. Jamie will continue to write her blog from abroad.
By Jamie Kurtzig
Only half of all people living with T1D know about their T1D in India, and their T1D ruins many of their chances in marriage, work, overall enjoyment, and health. So, what can we do about this? The Kurtzig family will be embarking for a year in India and Ukraine to lessen the social stigma surrounding T1D and make sure that people outside of the U.S. are able to benefit from current T1D technology. We know that technology is improving a lot in the US with closed-loop systems and continuous glucose monitors, but only a fraction of those living with T1D can benefit from these advances. Help us spread the technology and social acceptance of T1D to other countries like Ukraine and India!