A medical student with type 1 diabetes in Mali

Bakary Coulibaly was born in 1984 in Mogola, a rural region of Mali. His father, who died a year after Bakary’s birth, was a farmer and his mother, a life-long homebuilder, who now lives in Touba in the southwest of the country. Despite facing many daunting socioeconomic challenges, Bakary continues to cover ground on the way to achieving his ambition: to become an expert in all aspects of diabetes and share his knowledge to the benefit of others. In this frank and courageous account, he describes his journey with diabetes.