Mariel Belem Reséndiz
Mariel is my sister and for me she is a hero. I remember her once saying in a speech:
“For many years I thought that my diabetes was a punishment for having been a rebellious child, and I refused to accept it. I was diagnosed when I was 9 years old and have lived with type 1 diabetes for 14 years. I have to say that it has been the most difficult, weird and beautiful experience in my life. In my case and that of other people with diabetes, we just have to take care of ourselves a little more. This is our responsibility and not that of our doctor, friends or family. They can help us be well but can´t do everything for us.”
Today, Mariel is nutritionist and diabetes educator in Mexico. An important part of her life is dedicated to staying in touch with people with diabetes and four days a week she provides free nutrition counselling to the public. She is very often invited to speak to diabetes support groups where she talks about her own experiences so that people can relate to her.
Diabetes is not an obstacle for her and is in fact the impulse for her to do everything she wants.