A Type 1 Diabetic’s Travels

I grew up in a small town in Texas. I was never satisfied with what was in front of me. I wanted more. I wanted to travel, see exotic and foreign places like Dallas. In high-school I was fortunate enough to get the chance to travel to Europe with two other students and a teacher who smoked more pot than any teenager ever could. The trip was all around western Europe, we visited 8 countries in 4 weeks. After that, I knew two things: I must live in Europe permanently and I need to travel and discover more places around the world.

I have been a Type 1 Diabetic since I was a child, and when I was diagnosed the only insulin therapy available was viles of insulin and syringes. The insulin had to remain refrigerated. That made traveling incredibly difficult. On the trip to Europe, I had to keep ice packs in an insulated bag to keep the insulin cool. Going through security was a blast. This was just another hurdle being a diabetic caused. Luckily, the insulin pens became available and they did not need to remain refrigerated as the viles had. Even better, Afrezza Inhalable Insulin entered the market, and has made travel for Type 1 Diabetics the easiest it has ever been. Travel can present many obstacles for someone who has to regulate their blood sugar. If you travel alone as I do, you have to keep all items on you at all times, that means to go to the restroom to inject myself, I have to carry everything with me into a tiny stall. Not easy, especially if I have a drink or snack with me. Afrezza has eliminated this burden, as I can quickly and easily inhale my insulin wherever I have sat myself. Thanks to Afrezza, my diabetes does not limit my wanderlust any longer.

Now that I am fully vaccinated from Covid-19, all I am waiting on is the borders to open again to travel the world. Future stops include, but not limited to: Thailand, Korea, Vietnam, Taiwan, Antarctica and Peru.

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