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June 26, 2015Study Abroad
  Erik on a remote two day boat trip in Gambella, Ethiopia reporting on flooding Hi, my name is Erik Douds and I’m a former CDN Chapter Leader on a journey to fly the entire circumference of the world with Type 1 diabetes. Since 2013, I have spent 418 days outside of the United States. Type 1… Read more
March 14, 2015Technology
I will be the first one to tell you that I do not like certain kinds of change, so I’m not completely sure what I was thinking when I told my mom I wanted something new. Fingers crossed, I started the process. Besides a few summer pump vacations, I have been on the same pump for over 13 years. I… Read more
October 1, 2014Parents, Off to College, Preparing to leave
As I prepare to send my third child off to college, I can’t help but reflect on when my twin daughters, Hannah and Mary, left for college two years ago. It wasn’t easy seeing two of the four leave at the same time! Our house would be much quieter and of course we would miss them, but that wasn’t… Read more
August 21, 2014Off to College, Parents, Preparing to leave
Four years ago my daughter was jumping up and down screaming with joy, holding the admission letter to her dream college, which was 500 miles away from our home. I was cowering in a corner, wondering how we would ever survive. Today my daughter’s final semester is set – her schedule chosen, her… Read more
August 21, 2014Study Abroad
I just got home from an awesome six days in Florida with my Mom’s side of the family. It was great to see everyone again—now that all the kids are growing up, it’s harder for us to spend time together between everyone’s different schedules. We made the most out of our almost-week together: we hung… Read more
August 21, 2014Exercise, Study Abroad
I’m currently sitting in the airport with my lacrosse team, waiting to board our flight to Florida for Spring Break (woohoo!).  We’ll be away for five full days: we’re opening our season with two big games, practicing, and getting some sun. We’ve been looking forward to this trip for weeks- when we… Read more