Ronaldo Wieselberg, Brazil

Having been diagnosed at the age of two, I don’t remember life before diabetes. What I do remember are all the changes in my treatment that have occurred since then. In 1993, diabetes treatment was very different from what it is now. Multiple insulin dose therapy was relatively new and not commonly prescribed and technology to deliver insulin and monitor blood glucose levels was much less technologically advanced.

Adolescence was a particularly challenging time for me. Fear of blame and criticism from others led me to hide my blood glucose results and neglect my diabetes care. Things improved when I started to attend diabetes camps and meet other young people living with diabetes, sharing experiences and supporting one another. When I was 17, a friend living with diabetes died of DKA. This completely changed my life and led me to devote myself to helping avoid as many diabetes-related deaths as I can.