Tai-Lin (Irene) Lee


Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2003.

Member of YLD since 2013 (YLD Mentor).

I was diagnosed at the age of 10. It was of course a difficult reality to be comprehended by a kid at that age to realize that she has to take injections and finger pricks every day. It is very lucky of me to have an extremely supportive family that accompanied me through the emotional distress. A diabetes camp changed my relationship with diabetes entirely. I became more self-aware and started to view diabetes as a friend rather than my enemy. This change of mind makes life with diabetes enjoyable and playful. Therefore, I would like to share with others what I have gone through since diagnosed and perhaps change their perspective on diabetes as a daunting disease. I believe a positive attitude and a strong family/peer support are essential to diabetic control both physically and psychologically!

My project: As a project, “United for diabetes” aimed to visit YLs in different countries to record their daily lives and make it into a documentary. After I was elected the chair of YLD WPR, I started to organize outrregional congress. The congress was held in October 2016 in Taipei, Taiwan, in conjunction with the 11th IDF WPR Congress. We had 16 YLs from Australia, Fiji, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and The Philippines, representing the diversity of our region. We had a fruitful 5-day training course with other social activities and public campaigns. We also discussed on our regional plan and will carry out a year-long project together.

Watch my interview at YLD 2017 Training Summit in Abu Dhabi here.