Marie Hélène Monique Brière
My name is Marie Hélène Monique Brière,I am of indigenous descent, Maliseet of Viger, Cacouna, and type 2 diabetic. I participated in a research project “Partner patient platform” which took place in 2018 with Marie-Claude Tremblay, Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Laval. This project brought together Indigenous people living with type 2 diabetes. I loved my meeting with Marie-Claude as well as the other patient partners. I discovered a world hitherto unknown to me. Following our participation in the Diabetes Action Canada conference held in Toronto in 2018, I really understood my role as a patient partner. My involvement in various research projects is limited to those that are held in French because my knowledge of the English language is minimal. I love these meetings which allow me to share my point of view and my experience of living with type 2 diabetes, and which I believe can help researchers; they see us as equal research partners with them, which is very rewarding. Many thanks to all of you for giving us the chance to work with you.