Young Leaders from Germany

My name is Jan, I was born and raised in Bremen / Germany. At the moment I am living in Bottrop / Germany. I have completed school with a bilingual Abitur (that is the equivalent of A-levels). After that I studied Comparative and European Law at Hanse Law School that is in fact German, Dutch and European Law. I have graduated with a Bachelor of Laws, a Master of Laws degree in German law and a Master of Laws degree (Meester in de rechten) in Dutch law. At the moment I am working as a paralegal in a German law firm with offices in Germany, Belgium, Russia, Ukraine and China.

After being diagnosed with diabetes at 14 years of age, I spent nearly two weeks in hospital were I learned all about diabetes. However my biggest concern was that I could not go on a class trip to England. I had been at a bilingual school (German and English) and I always preferred English. My mother said that I would not be able to attend the class trip, however my doctor said that he saw no problem in me going to England for two weeks- this just after I had been out of hospital for one week. He gave me his private phone numbers and said, ‘if something happens, just call me’. I went on the trip, and did not face any problems I could not cope with.

My name is Katarina, I am 24 years old and a final year Medical Student.
When I was diagnosed at the age of 12, my mom asked Dr. Google about diabetes in childhood. She came across an internet board for families with children with diabetes (Diabetes-Kids.de). Back then I had no idea how much joining that internet board would affect my entire life forever.

My name is Katharina Schudmann, my friends call me Kathi. When I was diagnosed with type 1 Diabetes, I early was in the age of three. My diagnoses became worse because of having Christmas. My parents were shocked, but they had to cope with the new situation –what they really did!

The situation before has been as in many cases: Several weeks before I had been sick, had a viral infection and after all I loosed weight, looked ill and felt very unwell. Following I hide myself under the table in the kitchen, why my parents called the ambulance, that brought me to the hospital.