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Did you know that 23 million Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes; however, very few of these people, only 5-10 percent, have what is known as Type I diabetes, or juvenile onset diabetes? If you are born with this chronic disease, you must carefully follow a strict diet and check your blood sugar regularly. This can be tedious and embarrassing as you grow older, and many college students who have Type I diabetes stop following their doctor’s orders and get very sick. Nicole Johnson, a former Miss America who suffers from the disease, wants to take the negative stigma away from chronic disease and allow people who live with the condition to lead normal lives. Read all about her mission, and the new program at USF on page 10A in today’s Times. Do you know someone with Type I diabetes? Share what you have learned here on the NIE Blogging Zone.