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Hello everyone! My name is Samira Hemraj and I am a freshman at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) where I live on campus and have a meal plan membership. I currently take insulin with a pen and monitor my blood sugars at a minimum of five times a day. I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) on December 26th, 2017 (Yes, the day after Christmas!). While in the hospital, I remember numerous nurses and doctors telling me, “Your life is about to change.” At the time, I was unable to fully understand the scope of this “life-changing” experience. Through all the endocrinologist appointments and an abundant amount of information about T1D, I started to truly realize my lifestyle was about to change. With only two weeks before the beginning of spring semester, I enthusiastically grasped the basics of T1D before moving 107 miles back to college, away from the comfort of my home. My parents questioned whether I would be able to manage my T1D away from home and I quickly took charge and assured them that I was ready to conquer this challenge.Throughout my spring semester, I rapidly learned a tremendous amount about not only myself but the...
Boston University School of Medicine, Master of Science in Medical Science, May 2019Colby College, BS in Neurobiology & Economics-Mathematics, 2017Tell us a little about your diabetes story. When were you diagnosed? What was it like if you remember?My family and I were in the process of moving across the Atlantic Ocean from England, where I was born, to Massachusetts, when my life and the lives of those around me changed forever. I was only two years old, and we had not even moved into our new house. I was an ordinarily energetic child, but when I did not want to play on the playground my parents knew something was wrong. I did not have a new pediatrician, so we went to one of my father’s old friends, and he immediately instructed us to go to Children’s Hospital in Boston and that the staff would be waiting for me. On the way to the hospital, I slipped into a coma for five days and then spent the rest of the month at Children’s. My family members, like many other T1D families, knew of grandparents affected by diabetes, but they did not understand how a young toddler could have the same illness....
Question 12: I’m starting college in the fall and I’m so nervous for graduation and then starting college. Do you know of a good way to hide your pump under your dress that isn’t uncomfortable? What do I do if my roommate is weird about me having diabetes?Abbey:First off, try not to be too nervous about graduation and starting college! I am a creature of habit and the change from high school to college can be nerve-wracking, but think of it as the next part of your journey! You are ready and you will love it!For all occasions when I wear a dress I attach my pump to my bra. I usually place it on the front; however, I know girl members of my CDN group place it on the side or back. Sometime it depends on the dress and where it will fit best, and feel most comfortable. Also, I wouldn’t fret too much about your pump showing on your graduation day because during the ceremony you will be wearing your gown over your dress!Editor's note: wearing a pair of spandex with a side/back pocket under your dress also works great! Your pump won't be sweaty against your skin...
I have recently learned that one of the most difficult things about running a club in college is pushing the word out in your campus community about it.Almost every single person from the fall 2017 semester that was a part of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Chapter that I am president of had either graduated, or had started things like student teaching, and didn’t have enough time to be a part of the club anymore. So when I was passed down the torch to become the next leader of the Chapter, the first thing I sat down to think about was how to garner the interest of my peers.There were so many ideas that were running through my mind about different activities and team building exercises that I wanted to try, but I quickly began to realize that only having three members (one of whom was me, another the faculty advisor) was going to limit what we could do. I began contacting different people on campus and had the help of the other two members to create and set up posters around the more frequented areas.To my utter joy, at our first meeting of the spring 2018 semester we had two new faces....
I was diagnosed with T1D in January 2015. I was in a DKA induced coma for three days and the next week was a whirlwind of learning about injections, “in-range” blood sugars, and glucose tabs. No T1D diagnosis is easy, but this felt like a particularly trying time. I was 17 at the time and I was finishing up my senior year of high school. I was struggling with the typical questions of what I wanted to do with my future and how I wanted to go about pursuing my goals. I had all of the energy of being newly diagnosed and I was determined to have perfect blood sugars. I meticulously controlled my diet, my insulin dosing, and my exercise. My A1Cs were amazing, but I was still struggling with accepting how diabetes fit into my life. I was scared to let go of who I had been; I didn’t want diabetes to define me or change me.This mentality made me unwilling to share my diagnosis story or let anyone see me manage my diabetes. For most of that year, very few of my friends even knew that I had T1D and I carefully avoided injecting or testing in...
As a dog parent and animal lover, I appreciate the opportunity to tell my story about growing up with a dog with diabetes. As many of you know, I am a NASCAR Xfinity Series driver that also happens to be a T1D.Growing up in central California, I came from a racing and animal loving family. Our favorite animal from my childhood was a Chihuahua named Tank. During the weekdays in between school and racing, Tank and I would play for hours and grew extremely close. Fast forward to 2011, I was a 17 year old kid with a contract to race for a prestigious NASCAR team and thought I was invincible. After suffering from weight loss and a severe sense of thirst, I was quickly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. I was then immediately told I would never drive a race car again. Just like that, my lifelong dream had been taken away and I was devastated. A few months later, I had a new doctor that had experience working with professional athletes with T1D and she had a whole different outlook on me following my racing career dreams. Around the same time, my parents mentioned to me that they were...
Editor’s note: One of CDN’s virtual interns, Zach, interviewed Kevin Sayer, the President and CEO of Dexcom, about the new Dexcom G6 that just gained FDA approval in the US. Dexcom is a CDN Corporate Member. The Dexcom G6 is indicated by the FDA for use as both a standalone CGM and for integration into automated insulin dosing (AID) systems. The Dexcom G6 is the first CGM to receive this classification by the FDA.. . . Zach: What are the new features of the G6 and how does it differ from the previous versions of the Dexcom?Kevin: There are more differences from G6 to G5 than in any other system we’ve ever launched.The base that’s on your body and the transmitter have a slimmer profile. I think for a mechanical system there’s a large differentiation.The insertion system is completely new, and it’s an automated insertion system. If you’re familiar with G5, that applicator that you’ve been dealing with forever has been replaced with a one button push device, so you can peel the tape off the bottom, put it on your skin, pull the safety tab off the top, push the button, and you’re done. You’ll never see the needle and...
Question: How can I help my friend who has depression and diabetes?Answer - Maddy:Rates of mental health issues such as anxiety and depression are higher in T1Ds compared to the rest of the population, so your loved one is absolutely not alone. Being a teenager is hard already, and the stress of managing diabetes and mental health on top of school, extracurriculars, and work can make it extra challenging. Acknowledging that your friend has a lot on their plate is a great place to start when determining the best way you can be there for them through their difficulties. Here are some words you might want to offer to your friend: "I am here for you." "You have a lot of responsibilities on your plate, and I am proud of you for doing your best." "What can I do for you?" "How are you feeling today?" Ask open ended questions, and be respectful of how much they do or don't want to talk about regarding how they are feeling. Remind them you are there for them and ask what you can do to help. T1Ds, especially if they are not part of a larger diabetes community with resources, can often...
Editor's note: Always know the laws of your state/jurisdiction before using marijuana. CDN does not condone the illegal use of any substance. This blog is not intended to replace, change, or modify anything your doctor tells you. Consult with your doctor with any questions you may have. This is the first blog in a series about marijuana and T1D, so check back for more blogs later!There is little research about marijuana, let alone much research about marijuana and its impact on T1D. One study found that marijuana may be associated with lower fasting insulin levels and smaller waist circumferences (Penner, Buettner, & Mittleman, 2013). Though, with such little research done, we cannot be confident with the accuracy of the results we are shown. If you’re wondering how to handle diabetes and marijuana, I can offer some advice from my personal experience as a person with T1D. Remember, everyone is going to react to marijuana differently, with or without diabetes, and my advice is coming purely from my experiences.Have supplies easily reachable. It’s easy to get lazy when high (from marijuana in this case, but also blood sugars), so having your meter, insulin, and  low snacks in reach makes life easier.Make sure...
 Hi everyone, My name is Paris Phillips and I am a junior at NC State University. I also happen to be on the Wolfpack gymnastics team! I have been doing gymnastics for the last 16 years of my life and I have had type 1 diabetes (T1D) for the last 2.All I’ve ever known is exercising and pushing my body to its limits. Going into college, I planned on having the time of my life being a division one athlete, competing for my school in the most intensive sport there is. Flipping and twisting and flying through the air has always been and always will be my favorite passion. I barely made it through my first semester of college before I was diagnosed with T1D. It was a very big shock and adjustment to my schooling, my gymnastics, and my mental health. Gymnastics is all about flipping high into the air, tumbling on a four inch beam, sprinting towards a stationary object, and swinging around a bar while holding on for dear life! There is no way to wear a pump while you are doing all of these things. A tubeless pump would be at risk for flying off while tumbling...

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