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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 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...

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...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECONTACT: Sarah TwomeyCollege Diabetes NetworkSarah@collegediabetesnetwork.org College Diabetes Network Announces Partnership with AgaMatrixBOSTON, MA: The College Diabetes Network (CDN) is pleased to announce that AgaMatrix, a leader in creating connected solutions for blood glucose monitoring, has joined CDN as a Corporate Member.Young adults with diabetes are in the perfect storm of circumstances: leaving home, growing up, and laying the foundation for the rest of their lives.  They are also the next generation of diabetes leaders. CDN is an innovative organization which supports young adults through every stage of their transition to adulthood. CDN accomplishes this by connecting young adults with their peers to share real experiences and developing vital programing to provide continuity of support.From the development of the first FDA approved glucose meter to directly connect to the iPhone® and the AgaMatrix Diabetes Manager App, to their latest Jazz Wireless 2 Bluetooth® glucose meter, AgaMatrix products are designed to improve the quality of diabetes care by combining their proprietary technology with connectivity to mobile and cloud platforms.“We are excited to partner with The College Diabetes Network, a local organization that has grown to have a nationwide reach, and support the impact they have on students while on campus...

CDN Grants- Community

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! University of Rochester- Lindsey Our College Diabetes Network (CDN) Chapter at the University of Rochester received a CDN grant to help fund our Yoga and Smoothies Study Break! At our school, during our “reading period” between the end of classes and the start of finals, student clubs host study breaks with free food and relaxing activities. Our Chapter wanted to host one so we could promote the importance of being healthy in both body and mind, especially during the stressful time of finals. Winning the CDN grant was extremely useful for us in hosting this event because we cannot use money from our school to buy food. This makes it very difficult for our Chapter to put on events.  The smoothies we made for the event tasted delicious, and our study break event was successful because so many people came by to enjoy smoothies and practice yoga with us!This was the first study break we have ever hosted, so it was important to us that this...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECONTACT: Sarah TwomeyCollege Diabetes NetworkSarah@collegediabetesnetwork.org College Diabetes Network Announces Partnership with KNOW FoodsBOSTON, MA: The College Diabetes Network (CDN) is pleased to announce that KNOW Foods, a producer of delicious, clean, nutritious and grain/gluten free products, has joined CDN as a Corporate Member.KNOW Foods is an early partner in CDN’s newest series of offerings that will provide exclusive discounts and benefits for student members and alumni. KNOW Foods kicked off its partnership by providing hundreds of KNOW Better products for CDN’s 2017 Annual Retreat in May. Student Members and Alumni should stay tuned for exclusive discounts and offerings!“Our goal at CDN is to help our network become aware of, and access, all the tools available to stay healthy and thrive,” said Christina Roth, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of CDN. “As we all know, food is one of the biggest factors impacting blood sugars, and for our network in particular it can be challenging being at the mercy of their school’s dining facilities. It is very exciting to be able to offer our students support in this challenging area through KNOW Foods’ membership with CDN!”“We are so excited to join CDN as a Corporate Member and to support...
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! Diabetic Echoes- JuliaTexas A&M College Diabetes Network had a terrific first ever Spring Retreat. we are so thankful to CDN for granting us the funds to do this. It was a great time of growth for our chapter. Abbey Giles, our chapter's Vice President/Treasurer, donated lodging from her family’s timeshare in Galveston, Texas. The night we arrived we ate at the Rainforest Cafe Restaurant to start off the weekend and had a wonderful time pretending it was Abbey’s birthday. When we got back to our condo for the evening we went crab hunting on the beach, went star gazing, and watched a movie. The next morning, we cooked breakfast in the condo and got ready to head to the beach. We had a great time tossing the volleyball, being active in the water, tons of laughs during our windy picnic on the beach, building fun sand sculptures, and getting Rity’s Custard. Later that day we played an intense round of Putt Putt Golf at the...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECONTACT:Sarah TwomeyCollege Diabetes NetworkSarah@collegediabetesnetwork.orgCollege Diabetes Network Announces Partnership with Insulet CorporationBOSTON, MA: The College Diabetes Network (CDN) is pleased to announce that Insulet Corporation (NASDAQ:  PODD), the leader in tubeless insulin pump technology with its Omnipod® Insulin Management System, has joined CDN as a Silver Level Corporate Member.Since being founded in 2009 to address the unmet needs young adults with diabetes were facing, CDN has fundamentally changed how the sector thinks about and supports young adults with diabetes. CDN provides information and resources for young adults living with type one diabetes as they transition to campus. CDN’s largest program is the Chapter Network, which allows for young adults to connect in-person with other students who understand the difficulties living with type one.CDN’s model leverages the power of peer support, and the transformational experience of community. CDN’s chapter network includes over 2,000 student members, 110 affiliated Chapters, and more than 35 additional Chapters in the start-up process. These students are supported thanks to companies like Insulet and other Corporate Members.Insulet’s Corporate Membership allows CDN to be able to provide its program and resources to those who need them most at no cost. College is expensive enough, without adding in...

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