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Editor’s Note: We caught back up with Charlotte, CDN Chapter Leader at the University of Rochester about what’s she learned as a sophomore with T1D. She blogged about her initial transition as a freshman last year! Somehow I’m already halfway through my sophomore year! I really can’t believe it! Such a cliché, but I’ve learned so much about myself. I really feel like I’m setting the stage for handling adulthood, especially in relation to diabetes management. Here are a few things I’ve learned about type 1 diabetes (T1D) while I’ve been at the University of Rochester (so far)----Plan AheadIt makes life easier to pack extras (batteries, glucose tabs, pump sites, etc.) It’s easy to say, “I’m just across campus,” to myself. In reality, though, packing these extra supplies ensures that I can keep on with my day without being fazed by a trip back to my room. It ensures I can arrive to meetings, work, and classes in a timely manner. Of course, diabetes management is always a valid excuse, but I feel better about myself when I can manage my diabetes without it getting in my way of my normal student schedule.-Educate Yourself, Educate OthersOne thing I’ve noticed about college...
Coming to college, I was sure that I would be able to handle my diabetes all on my own. It had been 12 years, I had been to sleep away camp, traveled to Europe, and grown up with this. Type 1 diabetes (T1D) had never been a huge burden in my life and I did not expect much to change when I moved out. However, after just one week, I humbled up. I could tell right away that this was a new life. My numbers were fluctuating from 400 to 50 within hours, I was lethargic, drinking juice constantly, and changing my pump site almost every day. The worst part was that no matter how hard I tried, I could not crack the code. I was testing my blood sugar more than ever, counting my carbs as best as I could with the new mysterious dining hall food, exercising… you name it. There seemed to be nothing that I could do.When I moved in, I jammed four months of every diabetes supply possible in tall plastic drawers that I hid in the back of my closet. I knew that I had to tell my new friends about diabetes, but I...
When I woke up on my first day of college, I had this wonderful, idyllic picture of what the next few months were going to look like. I was going to have a 4.0, work part time, go to the gym every morning, and to top it all off, lower my A1C. Heck, I was even going to exfoliate on a regular basis. In retrospect, my naivety is laughable. The first week of classes was manageable, but by the second, the sheer amount of work that I was facing seemed to be insurmountable. I thought that I had dealt with stress before, but nothing compared to the ever present fear that I was forgetting an assignment, or needed to write a ten page lab report on top of the exam I had to study for. I have always been a perfectionist, so the thought that I might not be completely in control of every aspect of my life was terrifying. Having type one diabetes (T1D) was always a challenge for me; to be perfectly frank I really hated it, but managing it never felt like an impossible task until this time in my life. This was probably normal given the...
I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when I was four. At first, I was scared and confused. When I was eight years old, however, I attended Camp Kudzu, a camp for children with type 1 diabetes in Georgia. After that experience, I gained a sense of independence that turned into wanderlust to travel and see the world. To date, I have traveled extensively and have lived abroad twice: in Tours, France during the spring of 2013 and in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg during the 2015-2016 academic year on a Fulbright Research Grant given by the US Department of State.During my Fulbright year, I worked at the Luxembourg Institute of Health on a project to develop liquid biopsies for lung cancer patients. Lab work is extremely dynamic, and no day is ever the same. Some days I conducted experiments; other days I caught up on scientific literature; other days I had the opportunity to attend workshops on statistics or other lectures given by experts in the field. In addition to my lab work, I had many opportunities to step out of my academic and cultural comfort zone. I attended the EU-NATO Seminar, where we visited the institutions of the European Union...

"Failure": Make it Count

Failure. It was my biggest fear and still is, to be honest. That was my biggest challenge throughout the whole process. Letting my family, my friends, our Chapter, the College Diabetes Network, and ultimately letting myself down is what scared me the most and even now. It is a constant thought that pounds through my mind a lot in my everyday life with everything that I do. It’s not something that you can get rid of or just ignore, but it’s a matter of what you do with that fear.This December marked my 16th Diaversary. That is 16 years out of my 21 years of living with type 1 diabetes (T1D). I’ve made it this far and it’s scary to think of what awaits me in the future. Mostly, because living with T1D is a lot to deal with. It is a job and it’s difficult to portray the severity that comes with it. Most people don’t and can’t understand all that comes with T1D. This is exactly why I’m passionate, why I will pursue a profession related to working with young people with T1D. I know exactly how it is. I know how aggravating it can be, how you...
Editors’ Note: Medtronic is a CDN Corporate Member and one of the participants in their MiniMed 670G clinical trial recently shared her experience with us. We recommend students participate in trials – it is a great way to learn more about what is happening in the diabetes sector! You can find trials near you here. My name is Ashlee and I’m a senior in a university nursing program in Denver, Colorado. I was diagnosed with type one diabetes (T1D) at the age of nine and have had a passion for diabetes treatment and research since a young age. I participated in the MiniMed 670G trial after being involved in other various Medtronic trials throughout the years. This trial would help Medtronic gain FDA approval on their hybrid closed loop system. (Yes, please!)I knew this would be a great opportunity but a big commitment. The study consisted of a one-week long overnight stay (with a steep learning curve), frequent downloads of my device data, and multiple check-ins throughout the process. After I completed the first part of the study, I was able to become part of a continuation phase which means I could wear it in the real world.To me, the hybrid...
Diabetes does not define me. I refuse to give that kind of power to a disease that I did not ask for – a disease that has, without my permission, become all that I eat, breathe, and sleep. I refuse to let type one diabetes (T1D) become the definition of who I am.I will, however, choose to let diabetes empower me. With the understanding that what I accept from this disease is on my terms and my terms only. I will allow T1D to make me stronger; to push me to be a more considerate and loving person; to be a better friend, daughter, and sister; and to make me a little more grateful for every day that I have.  It’s taken sixteen years for me to get to a point where I no longer am afraid of my disease. I had lived in fear of so much for so long – fear of the number on the screen, of not waking up in the morning, of telling my friends, of disobeying my parents. And I realize now that what I feared most was losing my sense of self. Finding the balance needed to discern the line between being a person...
Editor's note: Dario is a CDN Corporate Member. Charles was able to receive a free Dario device as a result of the relationship between Dario and CDN. To learn more about Corporate Membership click here.“What’s one of the most annoying things about Type One?”While that question has as many answers as there are people to ask it, my answer tends to be:the number of things that must be carried aroundhow old diabetes-related technology can feelEach morning after getting ready for the day, I shove my hands into the front pockets of my jeans to ensure I can fit all the necessary equipment inside, and each morning, I look at the pump on my hip and the test strip bottle jutting from my jeans pocket and I cringe a bit. When I first read about the Dario, this daily struggle came to mind. Then when CDN announced that they were sending out Dario meters and test strips to student members, I jumped at the chance to see if this device was the answer to these daily annoyances. Through CDN I was afforded the opportunity to try out the Dario, and after 30 full days of testing the device I am very impressed.First things first, the Dario...
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...
Editor's note: Lilly Diabetes is a CDN Corporate Member. CDN student members were able to participate in this tour as a result of the relationship between Lilly Diabetes and CDN. To learn more about Corporate Membership click here. 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,...

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Chapter Leader, Charlotte, blogged about the difference between her experience as a freshman and a sophomore in college with T1D.
Hannah, CDN Chapter Leader, blogs about her transition to college and starting a CDN Chapter helped her transition.
Celine blogs about her experience transitioning to college as a freshman.

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