Young Leaders from Taiwan

My name is Kuan-Yi Lin and I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when I was 14 years old. Nonetheless, I managed to overcome the impediments of my illness and became a diabetes educator who can share my own experiences. I was eager to learn and actively pursued research on diabetes education skills. Besides the pursuit of learning, I also serve in the Catholic Sanipax Socio-Medical Service and Education Foundation for type 1 diabetic patients and volunteer for the Changhua Christian Hospital type 1 patient support group. My duty is to teach patients to perform self-care at school and cope with diabetes in order to live normal daily lives. I am glad to attended 2012 WPR Youth Leader Program and 2013 IDF Youth Leader Program.

Hi everyone! I am Tai-Lin Lee from Taiwan, or you can simply call me Irene.

I was diagnosed with diabetes in 2004, when I was 11 years old. I had a hard time at first because my blood glucose dropped dramatically every night with no reason. So I started to use an insulin pump instead. My HbA1c value falls between 4.2-5.6 ever since.
I am now a medical student at the National Taiwan University. I am really looking forward to the meeting and hope to do something for others with T1D!

Living with diabetes is just like living with a mischievous friend. Mostly, it is a reminder of keeping myself, as well as my family healthy. I have managed to keep my HbA1c at a good level, be accepted into the best medical school in my country and participate in several international activities such as a science fair, science camp and YLD. Diabetes isn't a big challenge to me, because I have incorporated it into my daily life and turned the odds against me into my greatest strength!