Young Leaders from Portugal
Hello everyone! I am Carlos, from Portugal. I am 22 years old and I live in Lisbon, where I am a finalist in the civil engineering course at the Instituto Superior Técnico.
I have diabetes type 1 for nine years, since age 13. Over the years I have lived experiences that allowed me to grow and learn to live well and happily with diabetes. I participate in summer camps for young diabetics, where I try to transmit what helped me see diabetes a positive way.
So, I hope to contribute in the same way for this group, with a view of achieving our main objectives.
I’m Júlia, from Portugal.
I was born in Azores, a group of islands belonging to Portugal, half way long between Europe and America. I’m living now in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal.
I’m a third year vet student.
I was diagnosed with type 1 when I was 14, 7 years ago. At the time I was living in Azores and for years I didn’t share my feelings and all the things we fell when we are teenagers. I didn’t know any person with type 1 for years.
Now all the difficulties passed and I’m living the best time of my life. I always dreamt of living on my own and I never thought it was to possible to enjoy living with diabetes for years but now I do.
This year I met wonderful people with type 1 and their relatives.
I had the fantastic opportunity to go the IDF Europe Summer Camp in Slovenia.
Before I was part of the Portuguese Diabetes Association (APDP) only but this year I started my participation on the Portuguese Juvenile Diabetes Association (AJDP).
Hello all! My name is Manuel Laginha Gonçalves, I'm 23 years old and I live in Lisbon, Portugal. I have had diabetes since 2005. At the beginning, it was difficult to accept that I had "something" that none of my colleagues had. Friends and family made me see that it was not that big of a problem. Well, if you look at it, diabetes is not that bad. It made me more confident, more ambitious and healthier.
Since the beginning of 2012, I have been deeply involved in diabetes, participating in conferences; events etc. and that changed my life. I am currently studying Nutrition in my hometown and learning to take care of others and myself as well!
My greatest challenge is to always be better at whatever I am doing. I consider myself to be very ambitious and having diabetes only made me wanting to climb higher and higher each time. As you all know, diabetes is always connected to myths and misconceptions. I love to crush those by showing people that I can accomplish my goals even with diabetes.