My name is Mercedes Howlin, my nickname is Mechi and I’m 28 years old. I have a degree in Marketing and I work at Dell Inc in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I have had type 1 diabetes since I was 13 years old, and for me it’s not an illness it’s just a condition, something I need to pay attention to instead of through it.
I’m also studying psychology and I love photography, so in my spare time when I’m not studying I try to go out and take some beautiful pictures with different landscapes.
In my country there are many people with both types of diabetes, some of them know about it and they’re under control, but some of them have no idea and also their family and relatives sometimes don’t know what is going on, and what it is about. So I think it’s not that difficult to control diabetes, it’s just being aware about it.
It’s very important to create awareness and let everybody know what diabetes is, if you have diabetes then how to control it and if you don’t then how to help someone next to you when he/she is dealing with hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia for example. I would like to achieve this: spread the word, raise awareness, let everybody know what Diabetes is and help them meet the possibilities regarding the best way to deal with something that will be a partner for the rest of his/her life. I’m confident I can do this with the communication skills I have and also using all existing social media to do it well.