My name is Pauline and I am 25 years old. At the moment I live in Grenoble, France, until the end of my studies. I’m currently learning communication and I’m doing my internship in a pharmaceutical company, working on diabetes.
I was diagnosed with diabetes a few days before my third birthday. It was the first time I celebrated something in a hospital (not the last one!). I was so young I cannot remember the transition or my life without diabetes. I’ve always had a good relationship with my healthcare professionals; I was this happy and dynamic little girl living with diabetes. My parents always told me that I was like other kids, I just had something more I should be proud of. That’s what I’ve done!
I have diabetes for 23 years now and I’m involved in an organization since I’m 17. At the beginning it was the organization of my city. We do a lot of screenings, medical conferences and patient information. After that, I discovered my national organization Fédération Française des Diabétiques (AFD), based in Paris. I’ve been there for trainings and national meetings. I’m really interested in their big projects for patient education, population awareness and more. Five years ago, they proposed that I attend the first “IDF Europe Summer camp” in Slovenia. It was one week, deep down in Slovenia for young people with diabetes involved in their own organizations. There were 23 of us and we’ve learned how to write an article, how to speak at an interview, how to create a budget. It was at this moment we heard about Dubai and the IDF Young Leaders in Diabetes Programme. This programme is the thing I've been waiting for since I got involved in my organization. It has allowed me to meet so many young people like me from all over the world.
Now I represent the 46 YLDs from Europe as their Regional Chair with Daniel from Hungary as my Chair Elect. When I see the commitment and passion in my friends’ eyes, it gives me more energy and motivation than I’ve ever had!