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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...

CDN, Camp, and College

It’s hard to believe that summer is over. For me, that means the end of my internship with CDN, and the start if my senior year. Back in February, I was offered the opportunity to spend the summer with CDN, and I said yes without hesitation. As the summer came closer, I found myself wondering about what being a CDN intern would be like. I had been exposed to CDN previously, but was still unsure of what this experience would be like. Let me tell you, it was better than I could have ever expected.I walked into the office on my first day and was greeted by smiles and pump beeps. I quickly learned that my biggest responsibilities as an intern were in social media, development, and advocacy work. Crafting tweets and Facebook posts was fun, but it also carried large importance. For many people, their only connection to others with diabetes is online, and CDN has become their support system. Development was my first exposure to the “behind the scenes” workings of a nonprofit. I have grown up benefitting from the work of nonprofits, and I never fully appreciated it until this summer. Advocacy, unlike social media and development,...
As over twenty young adults with type 1 diabetes (T1D) gathered in in Maine for the CDN Annual Retreat, I found myself being a rarity- quite frankly the opposite of the world outside. This being said, five energy filled days have been beyond a rewarding experience for me as a “type 3” - someone who does not have T1D but who is a passionate advocate for it. As taken from a fellow retreat attendee Bridget and her previous blog, “I cannot relate but I can advocate.”While Bridget did an amazing job of summing up the experience of a type three at the summer retreat, I wanted to add on to her points and to share how important a type three role is every day. If I wasn’t positive before, I am positive now that the College Diabetes Network (CDN) is far more than a way to feel supported as a T1D moving into and out of college, but it truly is a connected family that helps one to feel accepted. As a type three, I try to work to advocate for this acceptance in the real world.As with any chronic disease, it’s so easy to feel “othered”, but when you...

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...
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...
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 CDN Corporate Member Lilly Diabetes.  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 with big smiles on their faces,...

It's Not Truly Goodbye

It’s definitely bittersweet, but I wanted to let everyone know that at the end of the month I’ll be leaving the College Diabetes Network (CDN).I am beyond grateful that I had the amazing experience of working with so many people impacted by diabetes; from student leaders to families to clinical providers and to others in the sector. So many of those people have blown me away with their passion and drive, especially CDN students and alumni. Everyone is doing so much and the impact will be far reaching and will continue for years.How lucky am I to have had a job straight out of college that I loved and was passionate about? I always joked that the thing I’d miss about college the most would be Dawgs for Diabetes, the CDN Chapter at the University of Georgia, and that is still true. Working at CDN did help curtail my FOMO (fear of missing out) a little bit because I was working with CDN Chapters across the country.When I think about where I was and where CDN was six years ago and even the two years I’ve worked here, I’m amazed but not shocked. The number of CDN Chapters, programs, and...

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