Age: 14

Age at T1D diagnosis: 12

Kamilla loves dancing, acting and hanging out with her best friend Johanna, who makes her forget all about diabetes. To help advance T1D research, she participated in a clinical trial in which she went gluten-free for a year to examine the effects on her insulin levels. She says, “It is important that we research further and develop ways to make life easier.” Kamilla is also lucky to have supportive friends who are eager to learn what it’s like to live with T1D—they’ve even tried the same blood tests she administers every day. But there is still more to do. “The government—in this country and in mine—is and should be a big player and investor in working towards a cure for T1D,” she explains. “As a society we should do all we can to eradicate T1D.”

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