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The Road Runner at AADE

Do you ever find yourself feeling like the Roadrunner? Only instead of escaping Wile E. Coyote’s elaborate schemes and foolish antics, you find yourself running from the trap of your doctor’s words?This past weekend, I had the opportunity to attend the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) conference in Indianapolis, Indiana with the College Diabetes Network. As a newly graduated nurse aspiring to become a Certified Diabetes Educator (or CDE), I was able to meet experienced CDEs and attend sessions on diabetes healthcare. A common theme I noticed throughout this experience was the use of words and the impact it can have on a diabetic person with diabetes.While attending a session on the power of words, Jane Dickenson, CDE, and a person with diabetes, discussed how healthcare professionals typically label their patients. They call them diabetics instead of a person with diabetes. She calls these “Ick Words”. By calling a patient a person with diabetes, it allows the provider to put them as a person first and not the disease.This was just the first of many examples throughout the weekend.Adam Browne, editor for diaTribe who is also suffering from living with diabetes talked about the idea of “testing” our A1C...

Welcome, Stacey!

Hello everyone!I’m Stacey, and I’m thrilled to be the Communications and Operations Assistant here at CDN! I recently graduated from Boston University where I lead a small Chapter for a few years. After taking a few months off to travel, I am so excited to be back in Boston and working at CDN. I’ll be helping to create communications plans for all of the exciting programs CDN has in the works, as well as lots of different social media endeavors.  I am looking forward to reading and editing the blogs our students write, as well as interacting with everyone on social media.Coming back to CDN feels like coming home to me – I attended the 2015 retreat as a student, and returned as an intern in 2016. Interning at CDN last summer allowed me to discover the love I had for working with people who have diabetes just like me – and even further – working with college students who have diabetes.Soon after being diagnosed with T1D in 2011, my involvement in CDN began. Being diagnosed late in high school made the college process even more stressful. After searching online for anything that would calm my nerves about going away...

Goodbye Summer Interns!

Melissa:During the month of March, I received a phone call with two incredibly exciting pieces of news! 1) I would be moving to Boston and 2) I would be working with The College Diabetes Network for two months. Beyond that, I didn’t have very many predictions of how my time here would unfold.My summer in Boston has far exceeded all of my presumed expectations. To say that the College Diabetes Network is an amazing organization is itself an understatement. This summer I got to join the CDN team filled with some of the most passionate, spirited and hardworking staff I have ever met. The initiatives that CDN is fostering for individuals is just remarkable. They are innovative, new, and helping people in ways only peer support can.The past couple of months have allowed me to deepen my own knowledge of type one diabetes and have inspired me to continue doing the work (related to my CDN Chapter) that brought me here. I have had the privilege of gaining professional skills such as working collaboratively, researching, editing, executing communications plans, and verbal communication. Various professional interactions with business/ funding partners and contributors I had have allowed me to become a more...

ADA 2017: Dexcom Tour

Editor's note: Dexcom is a CDN Corporate Member. CDN student members were able to participate in this tour as a result of the relationship between Dexcom and CDN. To learn more about Corporate Membership click here.Full disclosure: Touring the Dexcom facility was one of the best highlights of attending the American Diabetes Association’s 77th Scientific Sessions in San Diego with the College Diabetes Network (CDN).More often when not when a group of college students shows up to a work place engaged in passionate conversation whilst using a selfie stick to add photos to their social media stories, the people who work at that establishment sigh a collective moan. Dexcom is not this typical work place. We, a gaggle of vociferous young professionals, were immediately greeted at the information desk by an accommodating and cheery Melissa. Hugs were exchanged and names were refreshed as Melissa had already befriended a few people in our group who attended CDN’s Annual Retreat a few weeks earlier. She truly welcomed us—selfies, abundant anticipation, bum pancreases, and all.Our first stop in the tour was at Dexcom’s production facility including the sensor and transmitter production lines. Melissa introduced us to our second tour guide, Kyle, who we quickly realized was...
Hi everyone!My name is Malissa and I am thrilled to be joining the CDN team as the new Program Assistant!I was diagnosed with type one diabetes (T1D) when I was five years old (I just celebrated my 17th dia-verssary!).  A year after my diagnosis, my older sister was diagnosed as well, soon followed by my father. Having my sister and father to relate to allowed me to recognize at a young age the importance of having a strong support system to help face the highs and lows of living with T1D.With T1D being such an important aspect of my life, I have always found myself pursuing T1D related endeavors, I knew I wanted to work within the community through clinical work, research, or advocacy. My passion of helping others with T1D as well as my own personal experiences drew me to the Health Behavior Science and Public Health major at the University of Delaware. I learned about how human actions, cognitions, and environment affect overall health, chronic disease, and quality of life. I was able to relate what I had been studying to my daily life with T1D.During my junior year, I became a Research Assistant in T1D studies that...
Question 1:I just got a Dexcom and so far I really like it. I did read it was water resistant and not water proof. I have been using saran wrap to cover the sensor when in the shower, but it doesn't work so well. I am also curious what to do when I go in a pool or the ocean. I read about a tape I could buy, but I was just wondering what you use and if you like it? Thanks!Maddy:No need to worry about covering your sensor in the shower. Dexcom notes that sensors are totally safe in water for up to 15 minutes (Others say it’s more like 30, so I think they say 15 just to be safe). Keep in mind that if your Dexcom is fully submerged (i.e pool, bathtub) you will not get readings on the receiver because the water disrupts the signal transmission. When it doubt you can always call Dexcom’s customer service line to double check!You are absolutely still able to enjoy the pool or ocean while wearing your Dexcom. I taught swimming lessons one summer while wearing mine. I would spend 30 minutes in the water, 15 minutes out of the...
Like many students last May, my freshman year of college came to an end. Although I may share the collective experience of freshman year with millions of people, type 1 diabetes (T1D) makes my version of the experience pretty unique. The T1D community are the only ones who get this experience.For me and my family, diabetes added another layer of worry on top of everything else. I am a first generation student, I was going to school almost four hours away, and I was living on my own for the first time. I’ve had my ups and downs with diabetes my whole life, but my mom was always there to help. This would be the first time it was solely my responsibility.In the months before college, I attended an Off to College Event hosted by CDN, and the CDN Chapter at George Mason University. I learned some really helpful information at this event that I am so grateful to know. For example, I never knew that a glucagon kit doesn't work when you have low blood sugar from drinking. I was shocked that I didn't already know this, but I'm glad that I know now. I also learned ways to...
Meet our 2017-2018 Student Advice Columnists! Do you have a question for our students? Submit it here anonymously! Zach HallI am a senior at Albion College in MichiganI study Spanish and Communications Studies, and I'll be graduating in May of 2018.I was diagnosed with T1D when I was 13; the summer before eighth grade.My least favorite thing about T1D in college is the amount of times I've been asked if my pump was a pager and if I was "allowed" to eat sugar.My favorite thing about T1D is the amazing community that I'm a part of. Through my experiences with CDN national staff and student leaders at the 2017 Annual Retreat, I've made connections that will last a lifetime. You can follow me on Instagram @zach_hall18 and on Twitter @zach618. Abbey Gill Public Relations Rowan University 2020My connection to T1D: I was diagnosed at age 12. My least favorite thing about having diabetes in college is my Dexcom urgent low glucose alarm going off in class.My favorite thing about having T1D is educating people who don't understand the disease/ unknowledgeable about the disease.  Instagram: @abbey_juliet Casey TerrellJuris Doctorate/ Masters in Environment and Natural ResourcesThird Year LawGraduated BA in 2015Will graduate JD/MA in Spring 2018Connection to T1D: T1D...

CDN Grants- Awareness

Editor’s Note: CDN was able to provide $5,000 in grants to 16 CDN Chapters for the 2016-2017 school year. The funding for these grants was provided by Lilly Diabetes. You’ll be hearing about their events in our blog! St. Louis University- John Our Chapter of The College Diabetes Network (CDN) at Saint Louis University (SLU) started this year and we have been trying to come up with new ideas for how to spread awareness for diabetes on campus. We hosted an event called “Diabetic for a Day”. We have a lot of people involved in our Chapter that know people with diabetes but are not affected themselves. To give some small idea of what wearing an insulin pump every day is like, we worked with our local with OmniPod rep and distributed over 200 trial insulin pumps to students on campus who wanted to wear them for a day and see what it was like. All we asked was that they send in a picture of themselves wearing their trial pump, and then they could come the next day to get free pizza and a CDN T-shirt! We spent the entire Saturday getting email after email of non-T1D SLU students wearing their trial pumps...

ADA 2017: Tandem Tour

Editor's note: Tandem Diabetes is a CDN Corporate Member. CDN student members were able to participate in this tour as a result of the relationship between Tandem Diabetes and CDN. To learn more about Corporate Membership click here.During the week of the American Diabetes Association’s Scientific Sessions in San Diego, our group visited the Tandem Diabetes Care Headquarters. Our tour guide, the fabulous Blair Ryan, Manager of Community Relations at Tandem, showed us around the expansive campus. I met Blair last year at the College Diabetes Network (CDN) Annual Retreat, and she has been a wonderful friend to me in the diabetes world since our introduction. She also happens to work for one of my most favorite companies. And, because five of the six CDN students at ADA, including myself, are Tandem users, it goes without saying that this trip was pretty much “diabetes Christmas” to many of us.While at Tandem HQ, the Tandem team demonstrated the software update process using the Tandem Device Updater. Using this technology, software updates can be released as approved by the FDA and can be performed in the comfort of the user’s home via personal computer. The first expected update for the t:slim X2 Pump is Dexcom...

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Meghan shares her experiences at AADE 2017!
We are excited to welcome our new Communications and Outreach Assistant, Stacey!
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