2020 Global Art Competition

024 Mileni, age 24, Bolivia

My name is Mileni Ariana Baptista Paredes, and I am 24 years old. I am Bolivian, I was born in the capital of Bolivia, Sucre, a somewhat small and conservative city, but highly respected, in addition to being the most orderly and clean compared to the other departments of Bolivia.

I am part of a family of 5 people, my parents and my siblings. I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when I was 6 years old, which was devastating for my parents as I was their first daughter. But like everything in life, with more information, and when we found the group “LIFE FOR A CHILD”, an immense help and hope to this day was offered to us as a family. Everything in this life is a challenge, a challenge that my wonderful parents, who are my strength, could overcome.

I thank God first for my parents, and in some way for the disease that touched me. There are others that are not manageable and are painful. Now that I am 19 years old with my partner Type 1 diabetes, along with good management, I know that I can live even longer than a normal person because of the care and constant control.

Currently, I am living in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, due to a job search, which I found thanks to God. I am living alone, in this huge city, but I am able to manage myself without any complications to this day.

Without much else to say, I thank “LIFE FOR A CHILD”, for this tremendous support and training that the group gives us.

Thank you so much and God bless you.