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The Trouble With Travel

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 got back to school after winter break in January, we entered pre-season, the most intense time of the year.  We’ve been practicing, lifting, conditioning, doing pool workouts, watching film, and even shoveling snow off of our turf field for two months straight…gotta love that New England weather…so as you can imagine, we’re itching to start playing some games and soak up some rays in Florida!I started packing two nights ago, and let me tell you, I had a hard time fitting all of my clothes, toiletries, swimsuits, and lax gear into one bag and a carry-on!  Plus, on top of my turfs, uniform, goggles, mouthguard, and the head of my disassembled stick, I had to fit my giant black bag of diabetes supplies into my backpack…I must’ve shifted things around about ten times in my carry-on until I got them all to fit.  Then, once I finally had...

A Birthday Card

My Mom remembers more about my diagnosis than I do. I was only three when I was diagnosed with Type I diabetes, so I guess that’s to be expected, but she’s told me about it so many times that it feels like some of her memories have become my own. I don’t actually remember walking into the hospital after dance class in my tights, leotard, and tutu. I don’t remember my intense thirst, or constantly needing to pee, during the weeks before our visit. I don’t remember crying every time a nurse came to check my blood sugar, or eating special meals for my health. I don’t remember the doctor bearing the news, and I certainly don’t remember the emotions that came with it. But my Mom does.Ever since that day in a small Illinois hospital room, my Mom has committed herself to helping me manage my diabetes. She mentioned once how she and my Dad stayed up for hours after my diagnosis reading books about diabetes, talking to doctors, and soaking up as much knowledge as they could about this foreign disease. As I grew, she began to teach me how to take care of myself. And she always...
We at CDN know how college schedules make it hard to keep track of anything, never mind blood sugars, and especially not ordering supplies! (Ever had that panicked feeling when you realize you are down to your last vial of strips, or last infusion set……..yeah we do too!) For some of you, it is easier to keep track of this yourself, and for others your parents might lend a hand; either way there are many options out there which can help to make this experience easier for you.One of those options is provided through one of our sponsors, Edgepark Medical Supplies. Edgepark is a mail order company who can do some of the work for you, to help make your life  easier! So without further ado…. Edgepark would like to say a few words:Fast & Easy Diabetes Supply Ordering To Simplify Ordering Your Diabetes Supplies: Here are a few ideas...With exams coming up, papers to write, and everything else that comes up with college life, it can become challenging to remember when it’s time to reorder your diabetes supplies (even if your mom has been hounding you about it).The good news is that medical supply companies understand that people are looking for easier...
Ah, Valentine’s Day- the most magical time of the year. If you’re like me, then you’ve had some pretty impressive dates each February: long walks on the beach, sunset boat rides, romantic dinners…the whole 9 yards. But if you’re still looking for a Valentine on this special holiday, then you’ve come to the right place: you’re reading the Diabetic Girl’s Guide to Love on Valentine’s Day!As if finding a date isn’t hard enough already, let’s add diabetes into the equation. I mean, what could be more attractive than a 1990s beeper-look alike on your hip, or powder from your glucose tablets all over your shirt? That’s definitely attractive…. Like I said, I have dates lined up at my door each and every Valentine’s Day, so my advice below definitely does NOT come from embarrassing personal experiences…but be sure to take note of these tips to avoid some not-so-sexy moments this February.1. Keep your tubing tucked in at all times. There’s no need to be strolling around with your date and have your tubing get snagged on a handle, a branch, a chair, etc… please, just keep it in your pants…2. Try to avoid going low. We all know this is...
Want to know more about…The CDN team is very excited to announce our new partner, Drinking with Diabetes (DWD)! DWD is a fantastic resource that supports and educates parents and students about drinking and diabetes, an obvious topic for college students. DWD is now posted as a resource on CDN’s Don’t feel like asking your doctor? page – if you have any specific questions about alcohol and diabetes, send along an email and together, CDN and DWD will get you the answers!For more information about Drinking with Diabetes, visit their website for information and resources for parents and students!...

Management

I’m currently writing a paper for my management class. I took this Big 5 Personality Assessment to see what kinds of managerial leadership skills I currently possess, and now I have to write up a summary of the results… yay, just what I want to be doing on Super Bowl Sunday… Thankfully I was struck with some inspiration while writing this paper, though. Bullet number three on the assignment sheet says “Discuss how these attributes or behaviors [aka my assessment results] have developed for you during your life. What experiences or influences have shaped these?” I have been mindlessly typing away up till this point, waiting to see if the lights would ever go on again in the New Orleans stadium and having flashbacks of Beyoncé’s killer half-time show. I pulled up a notebook, though, and started jotting down what kinds of life experiences have made me the way I am today. Family, friends, that time I tore my ACL, I wrote……diabetes…I bet most of my classmates can’t put that in their papers- that’s a pretty unique life experience! How many of my peers are going to write that they learned responsibility when they were in Kindergarten, carrying around a...
Hello internet!!!  To my fellow diabetics and to non-diabetics, to my college students and to those younger and older, to guys ‘n gals alike, thanks for reading this blog and checking out College Diabetes Network’s awesome site.  I’m super pumped to be the new student blogger for CDN (pun intended), and I hope this site will offer you the resources, support, inspiration, and laughs you may be looking for, among other things.I think introductions are important, so first and foremost, here’s a little bit about me. I’m best known in the diabetes community as the girl behind Diabetic Girl Problems, a Twitter account I made not quite a year ago so I could tweet all the awkward, embarrassing, and sometimes humorous details of my life as a female college diabetic.  I’ve been pleased to discover that the things I tweet about do not just apply to me, but to diabetics all over the world, and I’ll admit that I take some comfort in the fact that I’m not the only girl who can chug a juice box faster than frat bros chug beer.My real name is Danielle Petrunich, or just Dani for short. I’m 20 years old and a sophomore...
As some of you may know, CDN has been developing an iPhone application based on the Diabesties concept that my friends and I first started at CDN’s Wellesley College chapter.During my senior year of college, I met my first T1D friends on campus. We all needed support and we weren’t interested in getting it from our parents. Only hours after we met, Natalie, Sam, and I started texting each other our blood sugar levels to promote checking often and taking better care of ourselves. We called each other “Diabesties”. This concept grew into a Facebook group, where we promoted the idea of texting with a friend.When I started working for the College Diabetes Network, I brought the Diabesties concept with me. We soon started working with developers at Ayogo to create an iPhone application, based on social accountability - the very concept that helped us at Wellesley. The Diabesties app allows users to work together to feel supported and improve their daily management.We are very excited to announce the release of Diabesties and look forward to hearing your feedback to determine features for Diabesties 2.0!Download Diabesties for free today in the iTunes App Store!Click here for more information about Diabesties.View our Press...
Asha Agar Brown is an actress, a yoga instructor, a member of Diabetes Advocates and the Founder of the organization We Are Diabetes. We Are Diabetes is new partner of CDN and a wonderful resource that educates people about Type 1 diabetes and eating disorders, and promotes better treatment options for those who are suffering.I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at 5 years old. Throughout my childhood, diabetes was simply a way of life because my father has had type 1 most of his life as well. I didn’t mind being a little different than my friends and never had a problem explaining type 1 diabetes to anyone who had questions. In fact, diabetes never created an obstacle in my life life until I was old enough to understand that sometimes I had to rest when I wasn’t tired, eat a snack when I wasn’t hungry; sometimes my choices were not my own to make.As a dancer and actress since the age of 5 I lived for movement and my body’s ability to feel good in its own skin. After reading many articles and books that gave a daunting account of weight gain associated with insulin resistance and diabetes,...
As many of you know, when I originally founded CDN I was still a student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and working in the psychology department on my thesis. Specifically, my thesis was on adoption, but my experiences being part of a research team, designing future research, seeing the contributions that were being made to current literature, and the effect that that had on policy and families, made me passionate about doing the same in diabetes.After graduating, my focus on research soon took a backseat to CDN, as this organization is what I am passionate about and truly believe in. CDN now has an amazing team of people helping to make it an established organization. I was thrilled when I was asked to also join the Glu team as part of the T1D Exchange, helping to bridge the gap between the research and the patient community. So, beginning in September, I  spend part of my time as a research associate at  T1D Exchange/Glu helping to support Glu research, while I continue to run CDN.The T1D Exchange brings together the best of traditional clinical and biological research with the expanding fields of health information technology and virtual community-building. It is...

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