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Question:My son is going away to college this week. His A1C has been 12 for the past year. He has had Type 1 for 9 years. He has gone to classes for carb counting, getting ready for college and been to diabetes camp for many years. He wears a pump but does not want to wear a glucose monitor. He often does not bolus when he eats even though he knows he is supposed to. He understands the complications that can occur with his high A1C.  He has had counseling for his high A1C. His college is in a rural area and does not have a CDN Chapter or much health services.  Do you have any suggestions for him?  Answers:Casey:Howdy! First off, I want to say thank you for all you do as a T1D parent. It is a tough job to say the least, and you deserve recognition for how difficult this experience is for you as well.Regarding your question, I have had a similar experience. I attend school at the University of Wyoming, which much like the school where your son is going, is extremely rural. Based on my experiences I have three pieces of wisdom to pass...
As over twenty young adults with type 1 diabetes (T1D) gathered in in Maine for the CDN Annual Retreat, I found myself being a rarity- quite frankly the opposite of the world outside. This being said, five energy filled days have been beyond a rewarding experience for me as a “type 3” - someone who does not have T1D but who is a passionate advocate for it. As taken from a fellow retreat attendee Bridget and her previous blog, “I cannot relate but I can advocate.”While Bridget did an amazing job of summing up the experience of a type three at the summer retreat, I wanted to add on to her points and to share how important a type three role is every day. If I wasn’t positive before, I am positive now that the College Diabetes Network (CDN) is far more than a way to feel supported as a T1D moving into and out of college, but it truly is a connected family that helps one to feel accepted. As a type three, I try to work to advocate for this acceptance in the real world.As with any chronic disease, it’s so easy to feel “othered”, but when you...
When I was first diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) at age 12, I was very afraid and felt alone. I only knew of one person with T1D, and I had no clue what my life would entail after this diagnosis. Luckily, in the hospital, the certified diabetes educator (CDE) had T1D too! The person who was teaching me how to carb count, give injections, balance insulin and exercise, and so much more, knew exactly what it was like to live with T1D. She had gone to college, gotten married, and had a child! It was from this moment when I first met my CDE that I knew life with diabetes could be lived to the fullest.Over the years, I avoided the thought of becoming a CDE. I didn’t want my job to have anything to do with diabetes since I live with it each day. I opened up to the idea a little more in college, but I was still unsure of whether or not I wanted to work in the diabetes field until I went to the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) conference. My experience there was so fulfilling, uplifting, and meaningful, that I left with a...

The Road Runner at AADE

Do you ever find yourself feeling like the Roadrunner? Only instead of escaping Wile E. Coyote’s elaborate schemes and foolish antics, you find yourself running from the trap of your doctor’s words?This past weekend, I had the opportunity to attend the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) conference in Indianapolis, Indiana with the College Diabetes Network. As a newly graduated nurse aspiring to become a Certified Diabetes Educator (or CDE), I was able to meet experienced CDEs and attend sessions on diabetes healthcare. A common theme I noticed throughout this experience was the use of words and the impact it can have on a diabetic person with diabetes.While attending a session on the power of words, Jane Dickenson, CDE, and a person with diabetes, discussed how healthcare professionals typically label their patients. They call them diabetics instead of a person with diabetes. She calls these “Ick Words”. By calling a patient a person with diabetes, it allows the provider to put them as a person first and not the disease.This was just the first of many examples throughout the weekend.Adam Brown, editor for diaTribe who is also suffering from living with diabetes talked about the idea of “testing” our A1C...

Welcome, Stacey!

Hello everyone!I’m Stacey, and I’m thrilled to be the Communications and Operations Assistant here at CDN! I recently graduated from Boston University where I lead a small Chapter for a few years. After taking a few months off to travel, I am so excited to be back in Boston and working at CDN. I’ll be helping to create communications plans for all of the exciting programs CDN has in the works, as well as lots of different social media endeavors.  I am looking forward to reading and editing the blogs our students write, as well as interacting with everyone on social media.Coming back to CDN feels like coming home to me – I attended the 2015 retreat as a student, and returned as an intern in 2016. Interning at CDN last summer allowed me to discover the love I had for working with people who have diabetes just like me – and even further – working with college students who have diabetes.Soon after being diagnosed with T1D in 2011, my involvement in CDN began. Being diagnosed late in high school made the college process even more stressful. After searching online for anything that would calm my nerves about going away...

Goodbye Summer Interns!

Melissa:During the month of March, I received a phone call with two incredibly exciting pieces of news! 1) I would be moving to Boston and 2) I would be working with The College Diabetes Network for two months. Beyond that, I didn’t have very many predictions of how my time here would unfold.My summer in Boston has far exceeded all of my presumed expectations. To say that the College Diabetes Network is an amazing organization is itself an understatement. This summer I got to join the CDN team filled with some of the most passionate, spirited and hardworking staff I have ever met. The initiatives that CDN is fostering for individuals is just remarkable. They are innovative, new, and helping people in ways only peer support can.The past couple of months have allowed me to deepen my own knowledge of type one diabetes and have inspired me to continue doing the work (related to my CDN Chapter) that brought me here. I have had the privilege of gaining professional skills such as working collaboratively, researching, editing, executing communications plans, and verbal communication. Various professional interactions with business/ funding partners and contributors I had have allowed me to become a more...

ADA 2017: Dexcom Tour

Editor's note: Dexcom is a CDN Corporate Member. CDN student members were able to participate in this tour as a result of the relationship between Dexcom and CDN. To learn more about Corporate Membership click here.Full disclosure: Touring the Dexcom facility was one of the best highlights of attending the American Diabetes Association’s 77th Scientific Sessions in San Diego with the College Diabetes Network (CDN).More often when not when a group of college students shows up to a work place engaged in passionate conversation whilst using a selfie stick to add photos to their social media stories, the people who work at that establishment sigh a collective moan. Dexcom is not this typical work place. We, a gaggle of vociferous young professionals, were immediately greeted at the information desk by an accommodating and cheery Melissa. Hugs were exchanged and names were refreshed as Melissa had already befriended a few people in our group who attended CDN’s Annual Retreat a few weeks earlier. She truly welcomed us—selfies, abundant anticipation, bum pancreases, and all.Our first stop in the tour was at Dexcom’s production facility including the sensor and transmitter production lines. Melissa introduced us to our second tour guide, Kyle, who we quickly realized was...
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...
Like many students last May, my freshman year of college came to an end. Although I may share the collective experience of freshman year with millions of people, type 1 diabetes (T1D) makes my version of the experience pretty unique. The T1D community are the only ones who get this experience.For me and my family, diabetes added another layer of worry on top of everything else. I am a first generation student, I was going to school almost four hours away, and I was living on my own for the first time. I’ve had my ups and downs with diabetes my whole life, but my mom was always there to help. This would be the first time it was solely my responsibility.In the months before college, I attended an Off to College Event hosted by CDN, and the CDN Chapter at George Mason University. I learned some really helpful information at this event that I am so grateful to know. For example, I never knew that a glucagon kit doesn't work when you have low blood sugar from drinking. I was shocked that I didn't already know this, but I'm glad that I know now. I also learned ways to...

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