My name is Annelieke and I am 21 years old.
I was born in Hamburg, Germany and have lived in the Netherlands as well as in Germany since then. Because I have lived in different countries, I had the opportunity to go to international schools and therefore I speak Dutch, English and German fluently.
I am currently studying nutrition and health with a special interest for nutrition in developing countries and/or immunology.
In my free time I like to play tennis, play the drums or take walks with my camera.
I was diagnosed with diabetes during my holidays in the USA in 2002. It was 2 months before I turned 11. I remember that they really took good care of me; they gave me nice books and a bear named Rufus who also had diabetes. Their attitude changed my approach towards diabetes fairly quickly. Because I knew I could never change it, I decided to make the best out of it.
Since then I have always gone to diabetes youth camps for in the Netherlands and when I turned 18 I decided it was time for me to do something back for the diabetes world. As my life with diabetes started in the USA, my first action was to go to a camp there and be a counsellor at the Clara Barton Camp near Boston.