2020 Global Art Competition

058 Barbara, age 19, Democratic Republic of the Congo

MY LIFE WITH DIABETES

At first it’s not easy to live with diabetes, but as life goes on, it becomes a habit.
My life with diabetes isn’t so difficult because I’ve understood that it’s now part of my life, it’s become like a friend with whom you share everything.

In fact, diabetes for me is not such a bad thing that happened to me. My life is normal like any other life, I now live in a non-discriminatory society. The beginning is so difficult because everyone feels sorry for you, everyone takes you as a different child, a child who is put aside.

With 11 years of experience and moral suffering, I live normally like everyone else, I have learned to stabilize my blood sugar, to adjust my insulin dose, I no longer have frequent attacks. And with the help of those around me and my family, life becomes easy and peaceful, and with the help of the diabetics’ association, which provides us with support;

I am now 19 years old, I am insulin-dependent, I am studying human medicine and my life with diabetes is perfect, I no longer live in the stress of dying or being seen as special and “sick”.

In the end, what I can say is that being diabetic is not the end of the world and you have to live fully and take care of yourself to be as healthy as possible, to fight off complications and to take courage.