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 Editor's note: apply for the 2018 CDN Annual Retreat today! https://www.tfaforms.com/4654442I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) when I was 11 years old. I was in middle school at the time, and I was only able to communicate with three others my age with T1D.   It wasn’t until I started college last year that I was connected with over a dozen others around my age with T1D through The College Diabetes Network (CDN) Chapter at Ball State University. After I joined this organization, the rapport that ensued was like a true breath of fresh air. I finally had others with whom I could truly relate to, and I have learned a great amount from these individuals since T1D is managed in a plethora of different ways.Since starting college and meeting others with whom I can truly connect, I have been looking for more opportunities and ways to support, advocate, and expand my knowledge about type 1 diabetes. However, that can get a little tricky when one doesn’t know where to start. Add becoming co-president of a CDN Chapter to that mix and one just might have to search for an instruction manual.The aforementioned instruction manual came to me like a...
A Note from our Founder, Christina:We are excited to share our new Strategic Plan for 2018-2020! This plan builds on the community, resources, and partnerships we have worked so hard to grow since we got started way back in 2009.Developing this strategy, looking back at how far we have come, and setting goals for what we will accomplish by our 10 year anniversary in 2020 was honestly exhausting….we’ve done a lot….but laying out our goals for the coming years was also invigorating. The CDN Organization that we all know (and love) today, is a product of so many people. So much of our plan for the coming years, is building on partnerships to create change that will impact hundreds of thousands of young adults for years to come, change which I never could have imagined several years ago.So I truly couldn’t be more excited to share our new plan for the coming years with you! My role as CEO has evolved since our founding, going from volunteer to a variety of focuses leading the organization through its start-up years, and now into our most important years yet. Of all the experiences I have had so far- I am most excited...

Welcome, Anna!

Oh hey there!My name is Anna Floreen Sabino and I'm new here. I recently (aka this week) joined the CDN team as the Special Projects Manager and am excited to hone in on the area of the T1D space that I am most passionate about- empowering teens and young adults with T1D to aspire and thrive despite living with a chronic illness. As I dig in to my role I'm really excited to specifically be focusing on CDN's newly launched strategic plan- building on the community, resources, and partnerships the CDN team has worked so hard to grow since CDN originally got started back in 2009. All of that is to say- we are excited to foster an organization which: Understands the barriers faced by the transitioning young adult population and has the tools and direction to assist young adults in overcoming these barriers.Advocates on behalf of young adults with T1D, leveraging a reputation of excellence and collaborative strategic alliances to ensure our members’ voices are heard across the sector.Creates an environment rich with opportunities for passionate young leaders to pursue inspiring careers in the diabetes sector.After 5 years working at the T1D Exchange I'm looking forward to utilizing all I...

Happy New Year from CDN!

Happy Holidays! As CDN’s CEO and founder, I wanted to check-in with all of our readers, students, parents, alumni, and fans before the year was over. Reflecting on the whirlwind of announcements and program launches of 2017, I am so grateful for the amazing individuals whose collective work make CDN the successful and fast growing organization that it is. From student leaders on each of our campuses, to our alumni, advisors, staff, and board members- the work that CDN does is driven by your passion.Because of supporters like you - we have over 5,000 young adults involved throughout CDN’s network, with campus based chapters on over 115 colleges and universities. New Chapters are popping up each month, so keep an eye on our Chapter Map to see if there is one in your neighborhood. As an aside, have you checked out our website recently? We have integrated our map with Google so you can search for CDN Chapters, Off to College events, and JDRF Type One Nation Summits using our Off to College curriculum near your zip code. As many of you know, November 13th through 17th was the fourth annual College Diabetes Week. Chapters across the country participated in activities on campus, with...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMannKind Corporation Joins the College Diabetes Network (CDN) as a Corporate MemberBoston, MA – Dec. 4, 2017 – The College Diabetes Network (CDN), a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to provide innovative peer based programs which connect and empower students and young professionals to thrive with diabetes, recently added MannKind Corporation to its suite of corporate members.MannKind Corporation, the makers of Afrezza® (insulin human) inhalation powder, will be one of a dozen corporate partners in the diabetes industry to join CDN’s Corporate Membership Program. The only inhaled rapid-acting mealtime insulin in the United States, Afrezza is used to improve glycemic control in adults with diabetes. For more information, including important safety information, on Afrezza, visit www.afrezza.com.“The life of a college student is fast-paced, active and often stressful; and diabetes need not slow anyone down,” said Michael Castagna, Chief Executive Officer of MannKind Corporation. “Afrezza’s rapid-acting mealtime insulin can be a great option for young adults with diabetes looking for an inhalable insulin to help maintain their A1C goal. We are excited to be part of this network and connect with college students affected by diabetes, and to raise awareness while supporting other industry partners.”The College Diabetes Network...
Hello, College Diabetes Network!My name is Emma Melton and I’m ecstatic to be the newest member of the CDN Board. I’m particularly excited to join this organization to support college students and recent graduates because of my own experience having T1D.I was fourteen when I was diagnosed with T1D, but was familiar with the disease because my younger brother Sam was diagnosed ten years prior. I didn’t realize how much harder T1D would become in college when I moved out of my supportive parents’ house. I struggled to manage my diabetes during all four years as an undergraduate at Harvard. I wish that I had access to a community of other T1Ds going through the same difficult transition.After college, I spent two years as an AmeriCorps teacher before attending law school. As a young adult, I became better at dealing with T1D in stressful environments (like taking the bar exam), while exercising (running half marathons takes careful planning), in the workplace (I always have a stash of juice boxes in my desk drawer!) and in unexpected scenarios (like losing a suitcase when traveling internationally). A key factor in the improvement of my T1D management was sharing my difficulties with friends...
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: 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...
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,...

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