Medical Condition: Type 1 Diabetes
Medical Therapy: Insulin Pump
Charity: Ung Diabetes
Cajsa Lindberg was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2002 and has used an insulin pump since 2006 and continuous glucose monitor since 2012. She believes this has given her extra life, which she uses to represent people who live with diabetes and give back to a community that supported her when she needed it the most. That community is the Swedish Diabetes Association and Ung Diabetes, an organization supporting young people with the disease. Lindberg serves as President of Ung Diabetes and sits on the board of the Swedish Diabetes Association. She was chosen to represent Sweden in the International Diabetes Federation’s Young Leaders in Diabetes program in 2013 and was elected President of the program two years later; Cajsa stepped down as President in 2016 following a cancer diagnosis. The grant of $20,000 will support a fundraiser where members of Ung Diabetes climb Sweden’s highest mountain, and will also fund an annual leadership training weekend.
“I have received tremendous help from the diabetes community, both online and offline, and I want to try to give back and help improve the lives of others living with diabetes. In that spirit, I serve as president of Ung Diabetes, the youth organization of the Swedish Diabetes Association, through which I am a board member of the Swedish Diabetes Association. I also have had the opportunity to serve as one of the International Diabetes Federation's Young Leaders in Diabetes (YLD) during a five-month staff exchange at the European office of the International Diabetes Federation in 2015."
“I am so proud to represent people who live with diabetes and youth diabetes communities in these roles. I am passionate about patient advocacy and increasing patient involvement in political decision-making. An issue that is close to my heart is that of the transition from pediatric to adult care, which is often very difficult for many people living with chronic diseases.
“The fact that thousands of people around the world lack access to a lifesaving medicine that has been around for nearly 100 years is unacceptable. I feel it's the duty of people from high-income countries to fight for those less fortunate.”
"With a chronic disease, it’s okay to mourn the life you once had. When you’re ready, try turning your negative experience into something positive. Working to help others can change the way you see your condition and even make it easier to get through the tough times a chronic disease brings with it."
Ung Diabetes (“Young Diabetes”) is a Swedish organization for and by people with diabetes between 15 and 30 years old. The organization raises awareness, educates, and advocates for better care and rights for people with diabetes. Part of the mission is to organize camps and meetings for people who live with diabetes, and to support research. Ung Diabetes also supports Life for a Child, a program that supports children with type 1 diabetes in low-and middle-income countries by providing them with insulin, syringes and blood glucose monitoring equipment. This grant will support a project where members of Ung Diabetes will climb Sweden’s highest mountain to raise funds for the Swedish Diabetes Research Foundation and for the program Life for a Child, and it will also fund an annual leadership training weekend.
*Not everyone who receives this therapy will receive the same results as the patient in this story. Talk with your doctor to determine if this type of therapy is right for you.