Young Leaders from Jordan

Hello everybody.
I am Dua’a Saleh, 24 years old From Jordan.
I studied Nutrition and Food technology from the University of Jordan. I adore my specialization and always trying to develop myself in this regard.
I was diagnosed with Diabetes just 2 years ago( on 9.3.2010) a short time after my college graduation. And for sure it was a big shock because when you are at this age (22) you’ve already built your own life style and your own rules.
Frankly speaking, at the first year I couldn’t cope with it, I was in denying mode and at the beginning I refused to take my medication as well. I thought that as this diabetes came suddenly it will fade suddenly. But unfortunately this is not what happened. What I remember is that I cried that year more than I ever did in my whole life.
As being diagnosed at this age was confusing to doctors whether it is type 1 or type 2,so I started my medication depending on pills only, but after few months I needed Insulin.
At that time insulin meant to me multi needles per day, and needles meant to me pain besides I was hating needles a lot. When the doctor told me that I need insulin I was scared to death!
First year of diagnosis, was extremely hard and filled with denying, sad, shocking and angry feelings. I felt that my life, my dreams and my goals were all ended.

Fida’a Yassin, 20 years old, one of the Young Leaders from Jordan, was an active 14 year old girl who performed well in school and who was very active girl, before the doctor told her she had diabetes type 1. After this diagnosis she was a bit lost, because she didn’t know much about diabetes and how it would affect her life. Meeting other kids with diabetes at the first diabetes camp in her country in 2009, was therefore a welcomed experience. Fida’a about her experience at the camp: “When I met a lot of kids with diabetes at the camp, my views of diabetes totally changed. After the camp I started a better life style with enough exercise and by taking care of my diet and my medication. Now my HbA1c is at a healthy level.” To share her experiences with other young diabetics, Fida’a now organizes diabetes camps and volunteers in diabetes events as a Young Leader. As a student studying Business Administration at the Petra University, Fida’a is also active in the Diabetes Student Network as well as managing Social Media for the YLD programme.