Ce que disent nos membres ...
Nos chemins se sont croisés grâce au Diabète. Parfois, lors d'un challenge sportif, d'une course à pieds, d'un trek, ici ou à l'Autre Bout du Monde. Parfois lors d'un repas entre amis. Parfois, ce fut juste de longs échanges au téléphone pour parler Tour du Monde ou grossesse....
Mais, chaque rencontre est unique et précieuse pour moi.
Leurs mots me boostent, et me font dire que ces ptits moments de partage - même si notre Vie ne tourne pas que autour de notre Diabète - nous aident à avancer, à nous sentir moins seul, à mieux vivre avec notre compagnon de route. A vivre notre Vie, et pas celle que notre Diabète pourrait nous imposer.
Que ce soit en course à pieds, trek, autour d'un bon repas, on aborde le Diabète que quelques minutes - la plupart du temps ; mais ces petites minutes font toute la différence.
Je crois en la force des personnes à avancer ensemble. La force d'une communauté.
Seul, on va plus vite.
Ensemble, on va plus loin...
Elsa, Globe- Croqueuse (France)
"Me voilà simplement pour te dire MERCI, MERCI les larmes aux yeux d'avoir pris le temps pour moi et me donner la force de me lancer. Je l'ai fais, j'ai fais le Tour du Monde ! Avec ma pompe, mes bandelettes, mon insuline, mon sucre, ma tonne de médicaments à porter sur le dos, le matériel à récupérer aux 4 coins du monde... :') Bref, le bonheur quoi."
Mauro, Diabétologue & Médecin des T1D Challenge (Brésil)
"It is a huge and a great honor to be a part of this project . I believe in the power of projects like this, to transform and improve people's lives , to enable knowledge and exchange of experiences among all the participants, and to the emergence of several young leaders, who will also help, transform and improve other lives."
Jamel - Tour du Mont-Blanc 2017 (France)
"A vous l'équipe de DT1 : merci d'avoir partagé avec moi votre expérience, merci de m'avoir redonné confiance, merci de m'avoir redonné le goût du sport, merci de m'avoir fait me sentir "normal" pendant une semaine pour la 1e fois depuis 5 ans, merci pour votre esprit d'équipe et votre entreaide, votre gentillesse. Grâce à vous j'ai vécu une de mes plus belles expériences humaines".
Wendy, a Mum
"THANK YOU WITH ALL MY HEART right away because he had the most fabulous time! He said everyone was just amazing and the experience has really changed him. Bless you both and your organization for creating this Challenge."
Tour du Mont-Blanc 2017 (France)
"J'ai vécu une expérience inoubliable. Tout était réuni pour passer un super séjour : l'ambiance, les paysages, le temps, l'entraide, l'amitié créée, les fous rires... on ne s'est jamais laissé faire par les montées et le diabète! " Eloise
"J'ai passé une semaine inoubliable et qui restera gravée à jamais...." Shemsi
"J'ai vécu une superbe semaine! Et à nous voir partager hypos, hypers, changement de cathé, resucrages, fous rires, émerveillement devant les paysages, je me dis qu'on peut être diabétiques ... et heureux !!!" Anne-Laure
Eshaan (Inde) - T1D Challenge 2014
I feel so happy and so proud while writing this post since it's brought back all my memories from the expedition. Initially I was a bit nervous about how I'd manage to complete the trek along with others, however me nervousness totally vanished once I met the entire team. I soon realised I could talk about my diabetic condition to so many people from all around the world who were going through something similar. It felt so normal.
The positive attitude of every member made me forget all my hardships during the challenge. All of us consider Diabetes as our life long partner rather than our enemy.
Delphine made sure everyone was motivated throughout the expedition and together we did something that seemed impossible ! (Being Diabetic made me feel like a Superhero)
Diabetes will never hold me back and it shouldn't hold anyone back either. After all we are who we choose to be.
Go be a Superhero !
Victor (France) - T1D Challenge 2017
I participated to the Sierra Nevada Type 1 Diabetes challenge. This experience has allowed me to meet awesome diabetic people with whom I was l shared a common goal: show other diabetics that is not a constraint. Today I able to share my share my experience during this hike and I think it is amazing. I hope World Diabetes Tour will continue to create opportunities for other diabetes!!!
Pedro (Portugal) - T1D Challenge 2015
"This is simply one of those adventures where you *have* to be there to experience how amazing it is!
I was part of the TD1 Challenge in 2015 - Crete and you can immediately feel the positive energy and dedication from everyone on that long and hard journey.
Being there was like belonging to a second family, and the best part is that it was not one created from diabetes, but from all the things we had in common, like how two acquaintances become best friends.
To me, a trip like this represents diabetes so well: Merely looking at the climb is scary by itself, but with great friends, dedication and the will to become better, the challenge quickly vanishes.
And trust me, once on the top, it's the best feeling in the world."
Sophie (Luxembourg) - T1D Challenge 2017
" On the challenge, everyone instantly connected. Being type 1 diabetics, we easily felt comfortable with each other and were able to laugh about experiences we’ve had. Over the course of the week, we shared many fun moments including swimming in an ice cold lake, reaching the summit of Mount Langley and ordering pizza and staying in on our last night together. I hope that anyone who reads about this challenge will be as inspired as I was. It really demonstrates that there are no physical barriers and that type 1 diabetics can achieve anything they put their minds to.
Michele (Italie) - T1D Challenge 2016
"In these days, close to the WDD, I feel grateful for the T1D Challenge 2016 in Iceland. It was unbelievable how I felt like in a family with my group, even if I didn't know nobody before. Diabetes needs to be shared with people - with or without diabetes - it is a "social" disease.
It was great to feel that yesterday was a special day not only for me, but also for my friends all over the world. Since that experience in Iceland I felt responsible to spread the messagge that "everything you desire can be achieved", it always require some extra effort because of diabetes, but out of that you face the same problems of other people. Do a marathon it's harder for a diabetic, but it's hard for everyone.
The other thing that I learned thanks to the Challenge is that even if everyone of us has diabetes, we're different one to the other. We are not our diabetes, we are ourself and that's all. We have the same traveling companion, but we are not equal just because we have this thing in common, and I love to see how special we are, everyone with his own attributes."
Alexei (Brazil) - T1D Challenge 2013
" I was part of the 1 TD1Challenge in Africa (Kilimanjaro 2013) and the 2nd TD1 Challenge in Peru (2014), and like everyone who was already part of the TD1 it is wonderful to be able to feel part of this family so special and unique. In the experience built in the challenge of that year and much more by the exchanges and sharing, that makes that and other challenges much easier to be achieved in your presence.
Together, with support, with assertive stimuli and so loving welcome, we do so many good things faster, better, with less energy and more smiles on the face.
And of course in the farewell some will miss the moments lived and it is at this very moment that the life of each one in his city, country makes the difference for himself and consequently for all.
With lots of love and joy"
Anna (Italie) - T1D Challenge 2017
" I was part of the 2017 T1Dchallenge in the Sequoia National Park (CA, USA), it has been the best experience of my life, not only because I learned so much about diabetes and to feel more relaxed about it, but mostly since I had the opportunity to travel to a far country, see beautiful landscapes and meet nice people creating a big family spread around the world."
"Si tu peux le rêver, c'est que tu peux le faire"