Makaila was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at 16 months old. Before joining the Beyond Type 1 team in 2019, she worked at several diabetes camps, including Camp Leo and DYF. Makaila earned her BA in Global Studies and a minor in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley. When she isn’t editing articles, Makaila is a fan of soup, public radio, and live music. Check her out on Instagram: @makailaheifner.
Recent research is confirming what many have experienced - that beginning at diagnosis, ethnic minorities in the US face more challenges navigating diabetes and care than their white counterparts. MORE
Driving is a great opportunity and makes planning a lot easier, but as teenagers with Type 1, we have to be extraordinarily careful. When I first started to drive and talk to other people about their ...MORE
Just like any other high schooler, I was very excited for prom: dresses, shoes, a date with a boy. What wasn’t there to be excited for? In the midst of planning dinner, transportation and what kind ...MORE