Venessa was 5 years old when she was diagnosed with diabetes. Her and her mom Christine talk about the difficulties of adjusting their lifestyle as a family and tell us how community and technology has helped them in their journey.
What is the lasting legacy of insulin?
In 1921, the Toronto Team lead by Dr. Frederick Banting discovered and purified insulin, forever changing the lives of people living with diabetes. This was lifesaving for many children in the 1920s (see this article about early patients of insulin) but continues to affect people today.
Defining Moments Canada has created a series of videos to profile the lives of people living with diabetes today. Each story is unique and shows the importance of insulin to them, allowing them to live a nearly “normal” life and to be healthy. Each story highlights unique difficulties that on faces in their journey with diabetes, and the limits of insulin as a solution.
These videos are meant to be a look into the life and experience of someone living with insulin, and a learning resource to understand their journey. Defining Moments Canada is creating accompanying questions and teacher prompts to go with the videos, to help educators bring these resources to their classrooms.
In this video, Émilie tells us her story with diabetes. As a young mother and a teacher, she balances her diabetes with her responsibilities to her daughter and her students. She also tells us about her journey going through two pregnancies with type 1 diabetes.
This video is about 2-year-old Talia and her diabetes diagnosis. As Talia is just a child, her story is told by her mother, Laura, who shares the details of Talia’s diabetes and how they manage their daily life as a family.
Vincent tells the story of being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 25. He had to learn everything on his own and change lifelong habits in order to stay healthy and alive. He talks about the impact of insulin on his life, and tells the story of his lifechanging journey with diabetes.