Hello. My name is Tanja, I am 27 years old. I have been living with type 1 diabetes for 21 years. Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the pancreas does not produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that regulates blood sugar level. Hyperglycemia, or increased blood sugar levels, is a common complication of uncontrolled diabetes. Unfortunately, if left untreated for a long period of time, causes serious damage to the organs, especially on the nervous system and blood vessels, and in the worst case, causes death. With other words, as long as I regularly control my blood sugar, I will live a normal and happy life like the other people.
Why did I choose to stay at home?
The COVID-19 outbreak has been declared an international public health emergency. People with diabetes, especially people above 65 and those that don’t manage their diabetes well and experience fluctuating blood sugar levels, may be more vulnerable to the severe effects of the virus. In those situations, our body is not able to fight off an infection. That’s why I would like to ask you to think twice before going out these days. Please stay home and spend more time with your loved ones, read books, watch series, listen to music, learn something new, do something you’ve always wanted to do… Protect yourself and other people around you, especially your family and friends. Demonstrate social responsibility and empathy for others. Stay home to stop COVID-19 spreading
Yes, I have been facing many difficult situations. But, I have learned that there is only ONE LIFE. Yes, just ONE! And I really want to LIVE IT!