I’m a 23 year old girl from Sweden who now lives in Germany. I was diagnosed with diabetes in 2003 after living with the symptoms for months. In Sweden I had great doctors and nurses all along especially as a kid. And now I’m about to experience the diabetic care system in Germany. So far so good!

What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
“Is it fun?”

Don’t think I answered. The look in my face was answer enough.

Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
I was never told I couldn’t do anything (maybe except for eating cakes and candy) and I never had to prove anything. I’ve always been held as an independent and strong person and very few know of my condition anyway.

How do you inspire others?
Eating healthy and work out just to show how different I feel in opposite of how I feel (and look!) When I have my bad periods when I don’t really care.

Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
It has made me aware of so many other things and opened up my eyes of how my entire body works like a unit

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
It has made me opened minded and that you can’t always see a condition/disease from the outside and not to judge people. My diabetes has put me in positions when people don’t understand why I act like I do. For example one time I got low blood sugar in a grocery store once and I started acting weird. Some people obviously thought I was some sort of addict.

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
One horse sized duck. it’s easier to fight one object even if it’s bigger than many small ones

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