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Julie Kozlowski

Julie Kozlowski was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 3 years old. The following year she experienced a low sugar seizure which resulted in temporary paralysis. After that, managing her diabetes became a struggle.

Julie transitioned from a pediatric patient to the UMass Diabetes Center of Excellence adult clinic, and succeeded in reaching and maintaining her blood glucose goals.

She gained knowledge and an understanding of living with diabetes as an adult. Julie studied the history of diabetes research, which resulted in a “diabetes trip” to Toronto, where Banting & Best first isolated insulin in 1921

Julie is working on a TED Talk proposal aiming to share her experiences with hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia. She's particularly interested in conveying the sensory changes caused by low sugars, such as the sensation of your “brain shutting down,” distorted vision and hearing, etc. 

Julie is extremely grateful to “her team” consisting of Dr. David Harlan, Dr. Michael Thompson, and her diabetes educator.  

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