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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...
Question:Hi! I'm a freshman in college and I'm getting ready to go back home for break for the first time. My mom already booked me an endo appointment without asking me and I know she's going to ask me a million questions about my diabetes when I get home. How do I get her to trust my diabetes management and stay out of it like she does when I'm away?Answers:Abbey:Hi! This is a great question! It seems that you enjoyed not being bombarded with questions from your mom. A way to avoid all of these questions when you are home for breaks is to just update your mom every once in awhile when away at school. I think since you do not talk too often about your diabetes management when away at school, she doesn't feel in the loop.This may cause her to want to pack it all into one break. Therefore, I would try to shoot her a text maybe once a week telling her something simple along the lines of “Hi Mom, had a low today while walking to class, ugh.” Hopefully, she appreciates the fact that you are sharing some things, and won’t feel she’s being too...
Tell us a little about your diabetes story:My sister was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) at age 5 on February 14, 2001. I was in first grade and she was in kindergarten. It started as the flu, which kept getting worse. I woke up, ready for my class’ Valentine’s Day party, only to realize my sister and mom were gone. Confused, my dad sat me down and said that during the night my mom brought my sister to the emergency room. On the verge of a coma, she was then transferred to Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee and had been diagnosed with diabetes. After three days in intensive care, meetings with diabetes educators and dietitians, the “real world” of T1D hit.While our family was learning how to count carbs, my dad wrote the carb count per serving in black Sharpie on the front of nearly every food box or container in the house. It took years for the Sharpie to wash off the plastic container which held the pancake mix. However, quickly enough, we become fluent in the language of counting carbs and calculating boluses.Tell us about your undergraduate career:Along with the College Diabetes Network Chapter at the University of...
On the morning of September 10, 2007, I was laying in a hospital bed surrounded by doctors asking too many questions and nurses trying to stick needles into me. I remember my dad standing next to my bed holding two Dunkin Donuts coffees (because Bostonians always need Dunkin coffee at 5 AM) and my mom next to me, holding my hand promising it would all be okay. In the midst of all the craziness, some doctor said the words, “ you have type 1 diabetes.” When I think back to that morning, the only person I remember saying those words was my mom. I wasn’t scared though because my mom was right by my side, especially since she had already been living  with type 1 diabetes (T1D) for 20 years.Before I was diagnosed, I never quite grasped the idea of diabetes besides that mom sometimes got more snacks or needed to take some medicine with meals. However, after I was released from the hospital, diabetes soon became the number one topic of our household. Between having to coordinate insulin orders, running out of medical tape, and test strips being found everywhere – it all became a little different. Through all...
I was barely awake, but enough to reach over and grab my phone from my nightstand. “I just spent like 30 minutes panicking and setting up international calling on this phone to get ahold of you—you’re below 40.”My spouse follows my data via Dexcom Share, and I was less than 10 days into my summer abroad in Moscow, Russia via American Councils. For me it was around2-3am. I woke up just a bit more and checked-in with my body. I definitely wasn’t that low, but I was low. I took some sugar tabs, reassured my spouse that I was fine, and went back to bed.Glucose tabs in RussiaTo be fair, their concern was perfectly understandable. I was still less than one year into my diagnosis at that time, in a country I had never been to, and living with people I had just met a week prior. Still, it turns out that the low reading was a false alarm—I had been sleeping on my Dexcom sensor, which can cause “compression lows” – false low readings from pressing on the site too hard. Perhaps it’s better to experiment with new sites for your devices before leaving the country.There are a few...
I have been a Type 1 Diabetic (T1D) for just over half my life, and it is pretty interesting for me to think about how my perception of my condition has changed over the years. For example: when I was diagnosed at nine-and-a-half years old, I asked the doctor when I would start foaming at the mouth (and was promptly told diabetes is NOT rabies), I hated needles, and I wanted to drink regular soda without needing to eat something that might slow down its digestion. I didn’t want anyone to know I had the thing, not even extended family. Fast forward to college where my biggest concerns with T1D were extreme blood sugars during exams worth their weight in gold to my GPA (which happened far more frequently than I would’ve liked), needing to change my pump site after a long, busy day, and needing to find the time in my schedule to commute an hour by public transit to the Joslin Diabetes Center for my endo appointments.Now that I’m four months out of college, it’s funny to look back at class, interspersed with a fraternity event here, a hunger project trip there, and a CDN meeting in between...
CDN’s Virtual Intern, Rebecca, recently interviewed Jessica Lynn, a Nurse Midwife who specializes in T1D. 1) What contraception methods would you recommend for college age women with type 1 diabetes? Contraception is very personal. There’s no one size fits all approach, including for women and girls with type 1. First, I would suggest asking yourself some questions to help guide you to a method you’ll be happy with (it’s ok if some of the answers are unclear):Do you want to be pregnant in the next few years? How do you feel about trying something with hormones? Are you ok using something that goes into your body? How important is keeping your method to yourself?Do you want something that will make your periods lighter? Would you be bothered by spotting or no periods at all?Are you likely to forget to take a pill at the same time daily?These days we have lots of contraceptive options. If you’re young with type 1, have normal blood pressure and lipids and don’t have vascular complications, you really have your choice of methods. Even if you do have an additional risk factor above, you still have many options. One of the most important considerations is effectiveness, as having an unplanned pregnancy 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...
Three years ago I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) during my first semester of college. For the first two years I was completely unsure about switching from insulin pens to an insulin pump because I felt uncomfortable having a device attached to me 24/7. It wasn’t until I attended the CDN Annual Retreat last summer and saw the many different ways other students manage their diabetes that I decided to research different pumps and consider getting one. At the retreat I was able to hear from other college students about what their experiences with different pumps were like. After a lot of research and contemplation about becoming a pump user, I finally decided to contact Omnipod to begin the process of getting an insulin pump. I have now been wearing an Omnipod for one year and could not be happier with my decision to stop using pens. Below are a few things I like and dislike about using an Omnipod insulin pump.1.      Like: There are no tubes attached.One of my biggest worries about having a pump was the tubing that came along with it. When I learned of Insulet’s tubeless pod I quickly ruled out all other pumps. For me, having a...
 To begin, I want to get a point or two across. First, individuals with type 1 diabetes (T1D) manage their chronic illness and may struggle with it in their own unique way. However, there can definitely be similarities between individuals and their management/struggles, which brings me to my next point: there are many individuals living with T1D who I have met or know of that have struggled with anxiety and depression due to life struggles, but also managing their T1D . To me, this situation seems like a common occurrence among the young adult T1D community and I myself have experience with this situation.During my senior year of high school, I felt as though I was at an all-time low. I was juggling a heavy workload at school, a part-time job, getting ready for college, and managing fluctuating blood sugars from the stress I was under. My A1C ended up rising a little, which really disappointed me. The stress and anxiety became overwhelming to the point where I just felt numb. At this point, I began doing what would make me feel better in the moment. My tactics included blowing off homework in order to get more sleep, putting off...

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Courtney, CDN Chapter Leader, blogs about her experience so far at the CDN Retreat 2017!
Elias tells us about his experience using Afrezza Inhaled Insulin during college.
Emma, CDNs past high school summer intern, tells us what it's like touring schools with T1D considerations in mind.

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