My name is Claudia Labate and I am from São Paulo (Brazil). In 2009, during my bachelor degree in Marketing, I met ADJ Diabetes Brasil while I was walking on the street for another purpose. Since then I have been in touch with different areas and projects of the association.
My first experience with diabetes occurred while I was still in the hospital and nurses taught me how to check the glycemia, inject insulin and things I´d need to implement into my routine. I was 10 at the time and in the moment I saw I could do those things it gave me a lot of confidence because I felt I could use those tools to control diabetes.
Nowadays I see that keeping the balance can be a big challenge. There are many things to deal with such as work, studies, monitoring, exercise, diet, friends, family and this can be quite stressful to maintain all this train locomotives without derailing.
It helps to count on a multidisciplinary medical team (such as endocrinologist, therapist, physical educator, nutritionist), friends and family support.