Young Leaders from Argentina
Hi! I am Lucía Cuffia, 27 years old and from Argentina. I have had type 1 diabetes since I was 10 years old. Passionate about communication, I studied Social Communication. Actually I'm the Press Officer of Rosario World of Trade and I also work as a free-lance journalist. I enjoy climbing mountains, running and traveling.
I would say that one of the greatest challenges in Argentina is the lack of education. Or maybe the lack of responsible information shared. Many people don`t know what diabetes is, nor the symptoms, and even if they do they have no idea how can they help someone who has diabetes. We know that each treatment is different, but it’s important to share and spread a serious and sensible message about diabetes.
My name is Mercedes Howlin, my nickname is Mechi and I’m 28 years old. I have a degree in Marketing and I work at Dell Inc in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I have had type 1 diabetes since I was 13 years old, and for me it’s not an illness it’s just a condition, something I need to pay attention to instead of through it.
I’m also studying psychology and I love photography, so in my spare time when I’m not studying I try to go out and take some beautiful pictures with different landscapes.
In my country there are many people with both types of diabetes, some of them know about it and they’re under control, but some of them have no idea and also their family and relatives sometimes don’t know what is going on, and what it is about. So I think it’s not that difficult to control diabetes, it’s just being aware about it.