Hello, my name is Laura Castillo. I am an incoming college freshman at the University of California, Irvine, who has only ever researched medical information for specific school assignments. I can give you information on urinary tract infections because I researched it for an informative speech I had to give in my public speaking class. However, now I have recently become friends with a woman who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 11. I have been asked the question- what do I know about diabetes?

Growing up, I believed diabetes fell upon those who had a massive amount of sugar intake in their diet. I see memetics* of overweight people, or cats, hovering above large platters of unimaginable desserts, and these only serve as validation to those as ignorant as I am- or as I was. 

In an attempt to learn more about type 1 diabetes, I watched a short clip of young people explaining the basics of growing up with type 1 diabetes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0M4oxBtnXo&sns=em). In all honesty, while watching this video I felt like crying. I mean, I know this illness is not the plague, but the precautions of having it seem outrageous. One miscalculation or a bit of forgetfulness can become so suddenly fatal. Many people older or younger than these kids live their life under a virtual microscope. The highs and lows of blood sugar can only result in negative effects, even possibly death, for a person dealing with this disease. 

I’m curious to learn what you think is the most challenging part of living with this disease.  And I thank you, in advance, for allowing me to share my thoughts with you and receiving your feedback.



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Follow Laura’s progress as she enters her freshman year at UCI as an English major … she’s amazing and will do wonderful things in this world!  She even introduced me to the concept of memetics!

* Memetics:

1. An element of a culture or system of behavior that may be considered to be passed from one individual to another by non-genetic means, esp. imitation.

2. A humorous image, video, piece of text, etc. that is copied often with slight variation and spread rapidly by internet users.



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