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).