An avid reader and talented artist (she especially loves drawing and painting), Uma was diagnosed with T1D just last year. Yet she and her mom, a journalist, are already raising awareness—especially in the Hispanic community. In fact, her mom Hirania Luzardo has written about Uma’s life with T1D for the Huffington Post’s “Voces” section, and she has also worked with Mila Ferrer, another advocate and mother of a child with T1D, to share information and hope. As for Uma, she enjoys decorating, coloring, baking and spending time with friends. Her friends and classmates are a part of her T1D management, too. “In school, all my classmates are helping me control my type 1 diabetes,” says Uma. When she grows up, she would like to be a fashion designer and a teacher.
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