Makaila Heifner, Editorial Associate



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.





Written by Makaila

Q&A with T1D Musician Austin James

Austin James sits down with Beyond Type 1 to discuss his experiences with Type 1 diabetes and music.MORE

Yes, you still need to wash your hands. Here’s why. 

Why we still need to wash our hands during COVID-19 (and all the time). MORE

Sleep Away: Sleeping + Diabetes in College

Makaila talks about going away to school for the first time and how the transition specifically affected her Type 1 diabetes and sleep routine.MORE

Graduating with Type 1 Diabetes

Senior (or 4th) year is ending and as you finish finals and perhaps consider college or employment, there's the graduation ceremony itself to also consider.MORE

The Driving Diabetic

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

Dating and Diabetes

From here I had to slowly figure out the whole dating "thing." Between butterflies and firsts, I also had the additional challenge of navigating my diabetes and how it would apply to my roma...MORE

Pumpin’ at Prom

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