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Face in the Crowd: Maria Fox

Senior Maria Fox shares future dreams and her 13-year battle with Type 1 Diabetes.
Face in the Crowd: Maria Fox
Caroline Hung

Q: How did you find out about your condition?

A: “When I was four-and-a-half, I had a kidney infection. I was really sick and it got to the point where my mom took me to me to the hospital. The doctor tested my blood sugar and it was too high to read.”

Q: How can you tell whether or not a person’s blood sugar is high or low?

A: “You can tell visually if someone has low blood sugar. They might be walking funny, or they can be shaking. If that’s the case, then they need sugar. The most common conclusion that people jump to is that diabetic people can’t have sugar. But that’s not true. They still need sugar but only a small amount of it.”

Q: Does being a diabetic affect your relationships with other people?

“The thing about being a diabetic is that you have to educate people on what it is. If you want to be friends with them, then they need to know about it. Every once in a while, my friends would annoy me by saying ‘Hey. you need to check your blood sugar.’ They don’t offend me, but it is annoying. It drives me crazy”.

Q: How has this disease affected you?

A: “I live a life of a normal teenage girl, but the only different thing is that I need to check my blood sugar seven times a day and take my insulin shots.  [Diabetes] doesn’t affect me in a bad way, but it tells me that I need to live my life differently.”

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Caroline Hung, Centerspread Editor
Caroline is a senior from Kenmore, Washington, studying literature and homemaking at Inglemoor High School. When not studying or working, you can find Caroline in the kitchen baking up pies or on the front porch, strumming guitar and humming her country tunes. She drives a red Silverado and goes on long road trips with friends. Caroline plans to raise five kids with her husband in a small coastal town and open a shrimp shack one day. But for now, she enjoys eating seafood, running on trails and jumping into Lake Washington—all the essence of life in the Pacific Northwest.

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