Mellissa Goodman

Barbados

Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2010.

Member of YLD since 2015 (YLD Candidate).

My name is Mellissa Goodman and I am 19 years of age. I have had Type 1 Diabetes for the past 3 years, since then every day of my life I have learned a lot, laughed a lot and cried a lot. Diabetes for me is not the end of the world it has broken me and made me see the strength I never had before. I live with this chronic disease like any other normal human being. My feelings towards diabetes was traumatizing but every day I let myself know that I want to become a better person for tomorrow and live on. I want to be a diabetes advocate so I can let my voice be heard by improving life with diabetes, making it a national priority in my country and to help educate more people about this chronic disease.

My project: My objective of this project is to bring awareness in my country and to make it a priority. We have to move on from keeping children alive to keeping them healthy.