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As over 90,000 fervent Georgia fans settle into their seats in Sanford Stadium, I pick up my red flag, zip up my white boots, and run across the turf to perform the UGA Redcoat marching band pre-game and half-time shows. A rush of pure adrenaline and excitement floods my body, as the fans erupt in a deafening shout of “Go Dawgs!” while I toss my flag in the air. In the middle of a performance, my mind so easily fixates on the fear of dropping my flag. I cautiously consider every count to ensure that I spin in tandem with the 31 other flagline performers around me.Living with type one diabetes (T1D) in college often parallels this feeling of frequent fretting over minute details. I wonder if my blood sugar is dropping as I walk into a lecture hall to take an exam. I hope that this temporary basal rate will sustain an average blood sugar while I exercise during band practice.However, I recognize that worrying does not change the future but simply limits my present ability to succeed. That does not mean I throw any attempt of balancing my blood sugars to the wayside. I make sure to frequently...
About a month ago, a member of the College Diabetes Network (CDN) staff reached out to me and asked if I would be interested in touring the Lilly Innovation Center in Cambridge, MA. All I really knew about the Eli Lilly Company was that their logo was on my insulin vials and pens. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but decided to go and was excited to learn more about them!The day arrived and I made it into Cambridge, then met up with the others from CDN. The layout of the building was so unique, it had a very relaxed, clean and focused vibe. They started the day off by giving us a presentation about the company. It explained how they focus on immunology, oncology, neuropsychological disorders, and diabetes. They work on creating new methods of treatment, like insulin, and want to expand to focus on devices to help alleviate social and physical discomfort and anxiety. One thing that stood out the most to me, was the focus that the engineers and scientists put on not only creating something to cure, or help treat these different illnesses, but how they focused on making sure the people using them would be...
The College Diabetes Network (CDN) is thrilled to announce the first steps toward our new Parent Ambassador Program! Members of this Ambassador Program will offer their support to students on local campuses as they navigate life (and its sometimes unexpected challenges) in college.This exciting new initiative was established by our Leadership Council to connect students with T1D families near their universities for assistance, guidance, or simply a friendly face. Parents and families of T1D kids of all ages may volunteer to engage T1D students who attend college in their hometown or city. Parent Ambassadors will serve as a support network to college students living with T1D away from home and who may need assistance from time to time. Some examples may be, but are not limited to:•  Supporting a sick T1D college student who is having trouble getting numbers under control;•   Helping connect a student with a nearby endocrinologist or other physicians;•   Providing general guidance if and when needed; or,•   Being there for a student whose family is not nearby in case of a diabetes-related emergency.Of course, situations will vary depending upon the student and their comfort level – some students may feel comfortable simply knowing that you are...
Hey everyone!Katie here, and I’m pumped to be joining the College Diabetes Network team as its new Development and Administrative Assistant.I graduated from Wake Forest University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Spanish. I immediately went to work in our nation’s capital, advocating on behalf of the federal government as we drafted and pushed forward legislation that would make its functionality more efficient. After four challenging and rewarding years, I felt I needed a change of pace. Stumbling upon this position at CDN felt like too much of a coincidence for me to pass over; luckily for me, the team liked me back!At the age of 10, I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. After a short hospital stay administering saline injections to an unsuspecting orange, I was released back into the world. With the support of my family, health care team, and my time at ADA’s Camp Carefree, I seemed to have injected some semblance of normalcy back into my life. But I must be honest: I wasn’t the best diabetic in college. I fell victim to many of the obstacles CDN has identified and addressed in their resources for college...

Testing Opportunities

Growing up with T1D, I didn’t know many other people with diabetes. Sure there were the few others in school, but we would often just exchange pleasantries in the nurse’s office before lunch. Coming into college, I feared it would be more of the same. But then I found The College Diabetes Network. I finally discovered the instantaneous friendship that can be built based the connection of diabetes.Joining the organization instantly brought new opportunities. When our Chapter president proposed a trip to Roche, a medical device company with a location on the north side of Indianapolis, I knew I wanted to go. When the day came, I was very excited for the experience.Upon arrival, the five Chapter members who were able to attend instantly received nothing but cheeriness and eagerness from the employees to have us in their facility. Various activities were planned, starting with a presentation on internships with Roche. The next part of our excursion took us on a tour of the manufacturing area on campus where test strips are made. Personally, I’m not interested by machinery of any kind unless it’s a large, really expensive camera (I guess that’s just the telecommunications major in me). However, something...
To be honest, when I applied for the CDN retreat, I had absolutely no idea what to expect. Even when I got off the plane in Boston, I still had no idea what to expect. All I really knew was that it was going to be an exciting new experience (in beautiful Maine nonetheless!) and that it would be cool to meet other people my age living with type 1 diabetes (T1D).The first thing I told my parents when they came to pick me up from the airport was: “The CDN retreat was the best week of my life.”It is hard to describe to other people what living with type 1 diabetes is like. When you have been living with a chronic disease since you were a child, the 24-7 care it requires kind of becomes second nature. Counting every carb you eat, giving yourself shots, feeling the oh-so-fun symptoms of high and low blood sugar everyday, and experiencing the fear of going to sleep and not waking up from a low. I am completely accepting of the fact that everyone faces his or her own challenges, and T1D just happens to be one of mine. However, spending five days with...
Hello,My name is Dan and I am so, so excited to be coming back to the CDN team as the new Program Coordinator.I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 10 years old. It has never been easy, but I have found that helping others with diabetes is the best way to pay forward the care I have received from the wealth of supportive people in my life. Serving the diabetes community is my passion and aspiration, whether through research, advocacy, or personal interaction.My journey with College Diabetes Network started during my senior year of college, when I started a chapter on my campus at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. After graduating with a B.S. in Biology, I joined the CDN National team in Boston briefly as a Program Assistant before landing a dream position in my field as a Research Associate on the Diabetes team at the New York Stem Cell Foundation in Manhattan, studying beta-cell replacement therapies for type-1 diabetes. When 2017 brought me the chance to come back to CDN and serve the type-1 community in a more personal way, I jumped at the opportunity.In my free time, I love hiking...
Alumna Amanda Ciprich, Rutgers University, Nutritional Sciences, May 2016 When were you diagnosed? And what was it like? During my senior year of high school, I started to get really bad headaches. I would come back from school and would go right to sleep because that was the only way I would have any sort of relief. By doing so, I messed up my night time sleep schedule and wasn’t able to sleep at night. I started to become physically exhausted and was slowly becoming mentally drained from not getting enough sleep. I tried to rationalize it because I was stressed with college applications, maintaining high grades, and working a part-time job.Slowly things started to get worse. I was drinking an insane amount of water every day, but nothing seemed to quench my thirst. I even started missing time in class. I woke up one morning and finally had enough. I had barely got any sleep and needed a day to recuperate. I told my mom that I needed a needed day to just relax and destress.She agreed to let me stay home as long as I went to the doctor’s office to get an excuse for my absence. I turned eighteen years...

Happy Holidays from CDN!

As CEO, I don’t get the chance to blog very often (the last time I did was when CDN won the Smaller Business Association of New England 2016 Innovation Award). Lately, I have been traveling all over the country to talk to parents, students, and companies about CDN and what our students need to thrive. But I wanted to take the time to reflect on the past few months and all that we accomplished!First of all, we now have over 100 affiliated Chapters at colleges and universities across the country! New Chapters are getting started each month, so keep an eye on our Chapter Map to see if there is one in your neighborhood. As many of you know, November 14th through 18th was College Diabetes Week. 2016’s set new records for the organization, with 83 campus chapters participating in activities, thousands of students, alumni, and community supporters chiming in on social media to our daily prompts, and many of you participating in our Twitter chat on November 16. What many people likely don’t know is that we also had our big annual board meeting November 16. Similar to past years, this was an exciting meeting as we recapped this year’s many highlights- including launching our Off to College...
My name is Alyssa Paul, I am a freshman at The University of Georgia, a member of Dawgs for  Diabetes (D4D), a CDN Chapter at the University of Georgia, and I have type 1 diabetes (T1D). Recently, D4D held our third annual “The Campus Tour: A Diabetes Perspective.” This is not just a tour, but a learning experience for prospective students with T1D and their parents. I came to the very first “The Campus Tour: A Diabetes Perspective” event 3 years ago in 2014. I had no idea how I was going to handle not having my parents around in college. My parents were both scared as well. I was terrified I would not be able to handle college life and balance my diabetes, but it is absolutely possible! Since I attended the tour, I have now experienced the transition with diabetes to college. I am so thankful I attended the event because I was told “everything will be fine. You just have to take care of yourself.” That is exactly what I have had to do. This year, I got to be a part of this event as a member of D4D. While working at the event I met parents who...

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Morgan talks about how diabetes and being marching band relate to each other.
CDN Chapter Leader, Courtney, blogs about her experience touring the Lilly Innovation Center in Cambridge
CDN is thrilled to announce the first steps toward our new Parent Ambassador Program

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