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17 October 2018

Movers & Shakers

Meet Alexandra Costa, diabetes youth advocate from Portugal

AlexandraAt 28 years old, Alexandra’s main passion is meeting new people, getting to know other cultures and share life experiences. It is therefore no surprise that she has chosen to study Science of Education - a master she is currently finishing.

From Portugal, Alexandra’s next ambition is to become an educator in diabetes. "Teaching people how to live a happy and healthy life with diabetes: that’s my dream job!", she says. She did not wait to finish her studies to get active in diabetes education and prevention. Diagnosed at the age of 10, Alexandra has been volunteering for APDP – the Portuguese Diabetes Association, since 2005. She was also one of the young leaders behind the creation of the association’s Youth Group in May 2012.

Multi-tasking is not something Alexandra is afraid of: she is actively involved in the work of APDP‘s Youth Group and in AJDP, another Portuguese national youth association. Putting her social and communications skills at the service of these two associations, she is reponsible for their respective Facebook pages but also to organize and promote events such as conferences, summer camps and other activities  including campaigns for World Diabetes Day.  

Here again, people are the driving force behind Alexandra’s work in the field of diabetes: "I appreciate each single moment I spend with children and young people with diabetes. Also, when parents come to us and say "My child is so happy to have met other children with diabetes!", or "My child can manage their diabetes so much better now": this is when you realize you’re truly making a difference on people’s lives. It’s the greatest reward for me.

Favourite quote: "What we think determines what happens to us, so if we want to change our lives, we need to stretch our minds", by Wayne Dyer

Things you would like to do most: Keep on meeting new people, share life experiences with them, travel and get to know other cultures. I would also love to get involved in a project in Africa to help improve the lives people with diabetes there.