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Being a diabetic in Greece

The question was: “Have you ever had a hard time, as a diabetic, during the crisis?” Diabetes, regulating my blood sugar, insulin injections, anticipating every low (hypoglycaemia) and every rise (hyperglycaemia) daily and treating it, dozens of glucometer readings, doctor’s visits every month to get insulins, lab works I must do every three months and every year, the frustration and the reality of diabetes complications that must be prevented, and never “allowed to just happen”. All that, were the reasons why I feel the pressure and the stress of being a diabetic.
But the reality in Greece has changed in the last five years, as we entered a financial crisis. And that fact alone makes our lives, very hard, almost unbearable to live. This is, in a few words, an account of what has changed in the life of a diabetic, being a citizen of a country in crisis:
Unemployment rates have risen. Many diabetics (more than 90% according to official statistical data from organizations of people with d…