2020 Global Art Competition

034 Susana, age 16, Bolivia

Diabetes is something I never thought I would have. It was like falling into a black hole. Without being able to understand, it came into my life when I least expected it, I was only 10 years old. I did not understand what was happening to me. They began to restrict the most delicious things a girl could ask for and began to give me the famous insulin three times a day, which I had to get used to because it would last my whole life. At such a young age, I had to learn to live with it by getting used to its presence because it will always be with me unless, at some point, they find a cure and it is out of my way.

Six years passed and, despite the time, I continue to learn every day. It is very difficult because sometimes, no matter how much I take care of my diet, for some reason my sugar is difficult to manage. The syringes became my friends and insulin, my every-day vitamin. It taught me that I should take care of myself since diabetes is degenerative, and that, as the years go by, my organs get damaged. I hope that the cure will come very soon and that it will be a joy to be able to get it away from my life.