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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...
Because of the T1D communityI’ve been living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) for close to nine years of my life and, I have learned so many things about the disease and about myself in the midst of it all. Believe it or not, I am still learning every day. In the early honeymoon years of my T1D journey, the term “chronic illness” sounded to me like a scary medical label that made me a fragile alien on this planet where the majority of the inhabitants have functioning pancreases. As a young adult, I now know that, defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the word chronic means “continuing or occurring again and again for a long time.” Boy, isn’t that the truth? Diabetes is  the one inconsistency that remains constant in my ever-changing life. As my life changes, so has my attitude and knowledge of diabetes.So I’m writing this to let you in on one of the most important un-written rules of diabetes care that I have come to learn throughout my years, experiences and adventures with diabetes.T1D community is so incredibly important.I remember the first time my doctor recommended I go to diabetes camp when I was twelve years old. My...
Adam Brown, author of diaTribe’s Adam’s Corner, recently released a book of action-oriented items help with diabetes management and mental outlook of people living with diabetes. From his 15 years living and learning about what works – and what doesn’t – Bright Spots & Landmines is intended to help readers learn new, useful diabetes tips related to food, mindset, exercise, and sleep.“I hope this book reminds readers that we all have moments of enormous diabetes frustration, self-sabotaging food decisions, negative thoughts and questions, busy days where exercise is hard to fit in, and nights without enough sleep,” Adam said in an email interview.Written in the format of Diabetes Bright Spots (positive behaviors and choices that work well and should be done more often) versus Diabetes Landmines (mistakes that take blood glucose out of range, ruin your mood, or make life more difficult), the book is filled with advice Adam wishes he would have known when he was diagnosed. Through time reflecting on his own experience with diabetes, Adam learned what works best for him and provides the roadmap for readers to discover their own Bright Spots and Landmines.Bright Spots & Landmines shares my toolkit for navigating the choppy, unpredictable waters of living with diabetes. I hope it puts some...

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...

Loving Diabetes

Unlike most of the incredible people involved in the College Diabetes Network (CDN) I do not have type 1 diabetes (T1D) or type 2 diabetes (T2D). However, diabetes is certainly a part of my life every single day. Four and a half years ago, I started dating my wonderful girlfriend Meghan. I was a sophomore in high school, and I had never even heard of T1D before I met Meghan. The whole concept of blood sugar and insulin was a mystery to me, and it still mystifies me at times, even though so much has changed. When we first met, Meghan was still using an insulin pen and test strips to manage her diabetes. I did not really know much about it at first, but eventually I learned and did my best to help her stay on track even though I’m positive that some days I was more annoying than helpful.When our college searches brought us both to Saint Louis University (SLU), I had no idea how much diabetes would become a part of my life. The first major change came when Meghan and I attended a JDRF Type One Nation Summit. We learned a lot about continuous glucose monitors...
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...
Molly Fruecht, University of Illinois '18So most college-aged girls would fan-girl over a celebrity but I can proudly say I fan-girl over type 1 diabetes (T1D) research! I had the amazing opportunity to attend the American Diabetes Association’s 77th Scientific Sessions. For someone like me it was like being plopped into Disneyworld!I was diagnosed with T1D when I was 3 years old, and I hit the ground running. I was fortunate enough to have a very supportive family and a great network of type ones through my town and camp, so I have been lucky enough to always keep a positive mentality around my disease. I have always had a passion for innovation and begged my parents for new devices and treatments as they hit the market.This year I am going to be a senior at the University of Illinois, and I am studying biology. I am currently applying for a master’s entry into nursing school, and I hope to finish up with a PhD to be able to conduct my own research! I helped found the College Diabetes Network (CDN) Chapter at my university with the intent to connect more college students with T1D and build a support system....
My name is Tyler Hill and I am a sophomore at the University of Delaware studying Computer Science. I have been active with our College Diabetes Network (CDN) Chapter on campus since the start of my freshmen year and a few months ago, I was elected president. My connection with (type 1 diabetes) T1D is something that only continues to grow. This disease has become such a huge part of my life, and I take any opportunity that I am given to speak out on it, educate the public, or spread awareness.When I was asked to speak at an annual Healthcare Symposium here at UD to share my T1D diagnosis story and the challenges I face as a college student with T1D, I simply couldn’t wait to get up on that stage. This allowed my leadership skills to truly shine.This year’s Healthcare Symposium topic was an “Update on Diabetes: Part II”. Allan Carlsen, a professor and the director of healthcare theatre here at Delaware, was in need of a guest speaker who could relate to diabetes. I was asked to make an appearance and I couldn’t be more thrilled I spoke on how I found out I had T1D, what...
Editor's Note: We're excited to catch up with Kendall, a high school sophomore, and his father, Curtis. Last year, we heard from them about their experiences with high school and thinking about college in the future.  Sophomore year of high school -T1D student questionsHow was sophomore year different than freshman year? This year was easier to manage and less stressful. Learning to juggle honors classes and varsity basketball was a challenge but I am learning the importance of independence and planning for college, so I have to figure it out. What was harder and what was easier? I still have honors classes, but they were much easier to handle now that high school isn’t so new. I don’t have to feel like an outsider or that I have to keep my T1D hidden. Everyone knows, but I try not to make it a thing for anyone to be concerned about.  Some days are harder than others to manage it all.Have you started practicing for the SAT or ACT? How are you feeling about managing T1D while taking a big test? Yes. I took AP exams with special accommodations for testing, food and water allowances, so the ACT and SAT should...

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