Young Leaders from Sweden
My name is Jenny Pettersson and I am from Sweden. I was born on the 9th October 1989 in Stockholm, where I lived for 22 years. I currently live in Örebro where I study Human Resources at the university. Next to my studies I am the president of Young Diabetes Sweden, which is a youth organization for youths with diabetes.
I got diagnosed with diabetes when I was 12 years old on the 11th September 2001. The first two weeks were intense and I had a hard time grasping the fact that I was going to live with this disease my whole life. But thanks to some brilliant nurses and doctors I got in to a routine with the blood sugar testing, the needles, etc. pretty quick and I now see it as a part of my life. The first and the best memories I have from living with diabetes is actually from the hospital, because of the amazing people I met there. Of course it was hard because I was newly diagnosed, but I also remember that I watched movies and TV all day and ate a lot of ice-cream because I had to gain so much weight.