My name is Nete Holm, I’m 21 years old, and I’m from Copenhagen in Denmark. I am studying a bachelor degree in English and Organizational Communication, and when I’m not in school I work at a sushi restaurant as a waitress (free sushi – wuhuuu!!).
I was diagnosed when I was 12, when my stepdad, who works at Novo Nordisk, finally started seeing the signs of diabetes after I had gradually become more and more sick over the past six months. It was a relief to finally be diagnosed – to get the right medication and finally feel well again!
I think my greatest challenge in living with diabetes is to create awareness in my country, and to create collaboration between the youth groups and the adult groups. Even though Denmark is a highly educated country, many still don’t know what diabetes is, and what the differences are between the different types of diabetes. I would even go so far as to say that many of my friends still don’t know what it truly means to have diabetes, even though I speak about it as often as they allow me to.