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Name: Jaime, RN on a telemetry unit at Backus Hospital in Norwich, ConnecticutGraduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in May 2017Hi all! My name is Jaime and I’m a new grad tackling Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) in the wild. I’ve been living with T1D for about 6 years and was diagnosed as a sophomore in high school. Finding out that I had a chronic condition at sixteen years old was very hard to deal with. The last thing I wanted to hear was that there was anything about me that might make me different from my peers during a period where I already felt vulnerable trying to fit in. Something unique about my diagnosis experience that made it a little bit easier is that my dad also lives with T1D. For as long as I can remember, our house has been stocked with Diet Coke and my mom was always checking that my dad had “his medicine” wherever we went. Up until my diagnosis, that was the extent of my knowledge of T1D. Having my dad by my side through this experience has helped make the transition a bit easier knowing that he...
As a college student with continuously changing insulin needs as a result of my busy schedule, a patient frustrated by the sluggish speed of the FDA to approve more closed-loop management systems (I am allergic to the Medtronic CGM) and a diabetes nerd, I had always thought of taking matters into my own hands and creating my own device. However, the complicated documentation and programming requirements that I read about online overwhelmed me.  After living with diabetes for 13 years and having recently faced a bout of endless high blood sugars as a result of a cracked insulin pump, I was a bit burned out and ready for a change. At a College Diabetes Network meeting, I met a professor who had set up an OpenAPS closed-loop Artificial Pancreas System. I was in awe! She explained how the system worked and allowed for corrections in her blood sugar without constant user input. I learned that the coding to set up the system was mostly copy and paste and that most of the parts could be purchased on Amazon. As a dedicated Amazon Prime member, I was sold! I realized that this was something that I could handle with a beginner...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECONTACT: Sarah TwomeyCollege Diabetes NetworkSarah@collegediabetesnetwork.org (857)-415-3733 College Diabetes Network Announces Partnership with Xeris PharmaceuticalsBOSTON, MA: The College Diabetes Network (CDN) is excited to announce that Xeris Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical company developing the next generation of injectable drugs that address critical unmet medical needs, has joined CDN as a Corporate Member.Xeris is currently developing multiple forms of a stable glucagon that upon approval can be used in pen form to treat mild to moderate lows, a new form of rescue glucagon for emergency hypoglycemia, and in upcoming closed-loop systems.College Diabetes Network (CDN) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide innovative peer based programs which connect and empower students and young professionals to thrive with diabetes. “We are very excited to partner with Xeris Pharmaceuticals. CDN enjoys working with companies that offer innovative new therapies which will improve the lives of people with diabetes.” says Christina Roth, CEO and Founder of the College Diabetes Network. ”As one of the few companies working to introduce a stable glucagon solution to PWDs, we are honored to get the chance to have the voice of our young adult members help to drive this innovation.”“At a crossroads with many new decisions, experiences, and responsibilities,...
Editor’s note: Dexcom is a CDN Corporate Member. To learn more about Dexcom click here, and to learn more about Corporate Membership click here. Freshman year of college is both super exciting and terrifying...and that’s without type 1 diabetes (T1D). Starting college presents a new opportunity to change everything about yourself. You are given the chance to be whoever you want to be. Chances are no one is going to know the old you anyway. Unfortunately, one of the changes that came with my college transition was a dramatic rise in my blood sugars. Luckily for me, I had started using the Dexcom two years before my first day of school. While working at a Diabetes camp, I noticed how much it helped when the campers had Dexcoms so I decided it would be good for me to try - And I haven’t stopped using it since. If you are new to college, let me caution you: there are more carbs in college food than regular food. I often joke that the dining staff sprinkle extra carbs in just to mess with the T1D’s, and even though my school has nutritional information online, it was quite the guessing game when it came...
Question:Hi! My daughter is T1D sophomore I really think she could benefit from support & regular meetings with other T1D’s on campus. There is a CDN Chapter on her campus but she is not so outgoing & it’s a small group. How do I get someone to reach out to her? We all know the other girls are struggling too-- this illness is a beast at best. Thank you!Answers:Abbey:First off, I am happy to hear that there is a CDN Chapter on your daughter’s campus, and even more excited you want her to get involved. I go to Rowan University in New Jersey. Coming in as a freshman, I knew I wanted to get involved, but I just didn’t know how! It just so happened that there was not a CDN chapter on Rowan’s campus, so I started one. It has been one of the best things that has happened in my college career. I know as a Chapter leader that it is difficult to find every diabetic and reach out to them. I would if I could, but there are rules at my campus that stop me from getting names of students with type one. Your daughter’s school may...

Greek Life & T1D

 The transition from high school to college as someone with  type one diabetes (T1D) is stressful enough as it is, so when I signed up to go through formal recruitment, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I knew from early on that I wanted a solid, empowering and supportive network of women to associate myself with, and had grown up with an older brother and decided it was time to have some sisters. Going through recruitment was an amazing process, each sorority was so welcoming, intrigued and focused on our conversations which was really special. They all had such strong ties to different philanthropies, and an obvious love for their other sisters. One sorority in particular stood out to me and I felt a strong connection with them. Fast forward to the end of the weekend, and my new home became Alpha Omicron Pi.The rest of spring semester seemed to fly by and freshman year was nearly at an end. College became an entirely new experience with girls asking about my insulin pump, checking to see if I was okay, and sending me texts every once in a while to let me know they were thinking...
Editors’ Note: AgaMatrix is a CDN Corporate Member and one of our CDN students recently shared her experience with the AgaMatrix Jazz Wireless 2 meter with us. To learn more about this meter and Agamatrix, click here. If you've received a trial meter and would like information on how to receive an additional, but limited number, of test strips to continue testing the meter by completing a short survey, please click here. Imagine the joy of receiving a gift which you absolutely could not wait to open and play with. This is exactly how I felt after receiving the AgaMatrix Jazz Wireless 2 meter at the CDN Annual Retreat. However, I had to utilize some self-control since I wanted to finish off the test strips for the meter I was currently using before I started using the AgaMatrix meter.Two long weeks after receiving the Jazz Wireless 2 meter, I was finally able to start using it! First, I downloaded the AgaMatrix Diabetes Manager app onto my phone. As I was perusing through it, I discovered that it was really straightforward and easy to use. I could set my mealtimes for the meter to easily sync up with my schedule, set reminders for when I...
Editor's note: CDN is excited to have Rebecca and Zach as our Social Media and Outreach Virtual Interns this year! Learn a little more about them below.  Hi Everyone! My name is Rebecca Gillen and I am one of CDN's Social Media and Outreach Virtual Interns for the year! I am a senior studying General Business remotely through Kansas State University. I've had T1D for 14 years and Celiac disease for 13. I wear a Medtronic Minimed insulin pump and CGM. Lately I've been taking risks and trying my pump sets and CGM's in new locations. Seeing the need for a diabetic community, I started the first CDN chapter in Kansas this past Spring and it has been a blast getting to know other people with diabetes! I love to travel around and meet new people. I like to bike, play music, read, and do just about anything outdoors. I'm looking forward to working with you all as the school year progresses. - Rebecca "Hi Friends! My name is Zach Hall and I am CDN's other Social Media and Outreach Intern for this year! You may remember me from other projects I've worked with CDN on including my summer internship and my involvement as a Student Advice Columnist. I'm excited to continue my work with...
Allyson S. Hughes, M.A. is a doctoral candidate in the Psychology department at the University of Texas at El Paso.  She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1995 at the age of 7 years old..   .   .Switching health care providers (HCPs) can be challenging, especially when seeking a provider who is skilled in type 1 diabetes management for adults.  The to-do list is long and includes (but isn’t limited to) building rapport with a new provider, explaining medical history, and also discussing device data and/or medical needs.  It doesn’t have to be maddening though.  I’ve written some helpful tips to ease the burden of the process of finding a new provider.   To begin with, I believe that it best to approach this process in a positive light and view finding a new HCP as an information gathering mission. Gather Information on Potential HCPsThere are several steps to information gathering.  First, figure out what your insurance provides.  Often insurance plans change approved providers, so make sure that you have an updated provider list.  Second, know the difference between HMO and PPO plans—you have to get a referral for HMO plans but not for PPO plans. Knowing what you have...
Question:What kind of disabilities services should I ask for? I am a freshman in college and I'm not really sure what I might need from the Office for Disability Services (ODS) for T1D, and the ODS counselor isn't really sure what is appropriate to offer. Thanks.Answers:Maddy:You’ve already taken a smart step at the start of your college career by getting in touch with ODS! I went through my first two years of college not even knowing I could have registered with my university’s student disability services program having T1D. If you had a 504 plan (or other accommodations) during high school, you may want to bring that document with you to your next meeting with ODS. ODS can see how they can be formatted to fit your needs in a college setting.   Here are some accommodations that might be beneficial:  Permission to eat in class and leave to use the restroom. In my experience, very few professors have an issue if you eat in class or need to get up to use the restroom. However, just in case you come across one who does have a problem with this, you may want to have accommodations already in placeExtra time...

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Jaime, a CDN alumna tells us about her transition from college to her new job.
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College Diabetes Network Announces Partnership with Xeris Pharmaceuticals

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