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Monday, May 16 • TBA
Type One Diabetes: Misconceptions and Stigma

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Type one diabetes is by common knowledge, the lesser known of the two different predominate types of diabetes. The autoimmune disease characterized by insulin deficiency, as well as hypo- and hyperglycemia, leaves many individuals in a category of high dependence on modern medicine. There has been clear exponential growth in terms of treatment and overall quality of life available to those who may suffer from the disease, but many challenges still face these individuals in society today. It wasn’t until this last century that diabetes was no longer to be known by the general population as primarily a death sentence and rather a condition in which someone may live and participate in community such as another. Although not everyone has the same experience in treatment and day to day function, there remain clear social boundaries in local communities still hold ideas that negatively portray those who may have type one diabetes. As an individual who is a type one diabetic, my personal experiences and interactions with other type one diabetics all seem to reflect a common pattern of discontent. It’s overwhelming to realize that those who have the disease still face daily challenges with a slew of misconceptions and stigma fueling a false narrative that type one diabetics are just different everyone else. This project will overview some of these predominate ideas and furthermore highlight the ability of individuals rather than inabilities.


Luke Stoner

Undergradaute, Elementary Education


Naomi Jeffery Petersen

Mentor, Accessibility Studies

Monday May 16, 2022 TBA

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