great life juice scandal

The great life juice scandal: Why I paid to ship insulin across the world to a stranger

The illicit trade in insulin and other diabetic supplies is roaring online. On Facebook, US diabetics are trading in groups because they can’t afford the drugs they need to live. US insulin prices nearly doubled between 2012 and 2016. Trading prescription drugs online is illegal, so members talk in code to avoid the groups getting shut down. ‘Life juice’ is…

injured before MdS

No ifs no butts: How to cope if injured before the MdS

No, I’ve not had butt implants. And I’m not pleased to see you. That’s a bag of ice down my pants. Sanity, the first casualty of my injury: icing the offending buttock, I began to think I was channelling Kim K herself I’d been building up to the Marathon des Sables (a 150-mile footrace in the Sahara Desert) for three…

Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes stuff they didnt tell you

Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes: Stuff they didn’t tell you

A bombshell has landed in your lap: you’ve been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. It’s a lot to take in. The doctors say you need to inject insulin every day to stay alive from now on in. You need to prick your fingers regularly to keep tabs on how much glucose is in your blood. You need to carry something sugary…

Insulin pumps and exercise: Can Omnipod cope with Crossfit?

It’s three years since I first applied to be considered for insulin pump therapy on the NHS. In the next few months I should finally get one. I’ve chosen the Insulet Omnipod. It’s the only cannula-free pump available here in the UK, meaning there’s no risk of snagging the tube that attaches the pump to the insulin source and pulling it out; it’s relatively small, sticks directly to your skin and is controlled by a separate NFC handset. But will it stay put with all the exercise I do? I put it to the test at my local Crossfit box…

Britain's most brutal footrace? 3

The Marathon des Cote: Britain’s most brutal footrace?

I was completely and utterly out of my depth. My blood sugar level was 23mmol (it should be about five). The hills were taller, steeper and more frequent than I was expecting. I was three hours and 10 miles into a footrace that would take at least another three days and 176 miles to complete. If I could just keep…

Why I’m running 186 miles for T1International

Without insulin, you die. Yet it’s estimated that half of the world’s type one diabetics live without adequate access to the hormone most of us take for granted [T1International]. Even in countries where insulin is available, many cannot afford to pay for it. In the US, where the price of insulin has more than tripled in a decade, people are dying because they cannot afford medication that’s free here in the UK on the NHS. Charity T1International is campaigning to change this.

In the below film you’ll meet Ruth, a 16 year old living with type one diabetes in Ghana who’s been put through school by T1International. She’s determined not to let the condition, which is an effective death sentence for most Africans diagnosed with diabetes, from stopping her realise her dream of becoming a nurse.  There’s Cate, from Kenya, where T1International is uniting diabetics to negotiate lower prices on the drugs they need and Karyn in the US, who has seen fellow diabetics die as a result of exorbitant insulin prices.

This is why I’m running 186 miles for T1International

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On 14 June 2018 I am starting the three day, 186 mile Marathon des Cote, a foot race that covers the entire Pembrokeshire Coast Path. No one is known to have ever completed the route in less than four days. I hope I’ve made my motives clear: that people are dying because they cannot access or afford a drug that has been in existence for more than a century is a scandal. Please donate whatever you can to help T1International end this. You can donate by visiting my Just Giving page, here.