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Courtney Gale, Bryant University '19When I saw that the College Diabetes Network (CDN) had the opportunity to send student representatives to the American Diabetes Association’s 77th Scientific Sessions in San Diego, I applied instantly! I was thrilled with the opportunity to represent CDN and attend the Scientific Sessions.On Friday, our first full day, we were able to tour the Dexcom and Tandem Diabetes Care headquarters. Saturday was spent setting up our booth in the exhibit hall, networking with other companies, and attending sessions. I spent most of the day walking through the exhibit hall exploring the different interactive displays that were offered by hundreds of companies! From virtual reality holographic videos to free A1C testing, the exhibit hall had so much to offer.Sunday was spent attending sessions run by leading medical professionals and scientists, as well as getting ready for evening events. The other students and I had an absolute blast hopping all around San Diego to attend multiple events hosted by a variety of companies.Monday came far too quickly and we were all sad to see the week go! We packed up everything from our booth, and attended some final sessions on medical advancement and research. That night we...
 I had just received my acceptance letter to study abroad in Sevilla, Spain for the spring semester. I was excited (literally shedding tears of joy), especially since this would be my first time going to Europe. Although I was really excited to travel across Europe and study in Spain, I was also extremely anxious. There were a couple of reasons why I had anxiety: I was leaving home to live across the Atlantic Ocean for six months, I knew that I would eventually get homesick, I was not proficient in the Spanish, and I worried about the dark but constant shadow of diabetes hanging clearly on my mind. Luckily, I had a few months to prepare.Despite having a few months to prepare, I procrastinated a bit. The root of this procrastination did not stem from laziness but from being swamped with paperwork, fundraising to go abroad, diabetes related costs and appointments, work, and juggling my fall semester all at the same time. I thought for a second that I would have to rescind my application to study abroad because it was a lot to balance, but things worked out! The key for me was communication and planning. I talked with...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECONTACT:Sarah TwomeyCollege Diabetes NetworkSarah@collegediabetesnetwork.orgCollege Diabetes Network Announces Partnership with Insulet CorporationBOSTON, MA: The College Diabetes Network (CDN) is pleased to announce that Insulet Corporation (NASDAQ:  PODD), the leader in tubeless insulin pump technology with its Omnipod® Insulin Management System, has joined CDN as a Silver Level Corporate Member.Since being founded in 2009 to address the unmet needs young adults with diabetes were facing, CDN has fundamentally changed how the sector thinks about and supports young adults with diabetes. CDN provides information and resources for young adults living with type one diabetes as they transition to campus. CDN’s largest program is the Chapter Network, which allows for young adults to connect in-person with other students who understand the difficulties living with type one.CDN’s model leverages the power of peer support, and the transformational experience of community. CDN’s chapter network includes over 2,000 student members, 110 affiliated Chapters, and more than 35 additional Chapters in the start-up process. These students are supported thanks to companies like Insulet and other Corporate Members.Insulet’s Corporate Membership allows CDN to be able to provide its program and resources to those who need them most at no cost. College is expensive enough, without adding in...
It’s 11:45 PM as I sit in the living room on our very last night of the 2017 CDN Retreat. Everyone is singing mid-2000’s throwback songs. Sam, Sydney, and I are singing the loudest and all the while, Will is judging us. At this very moment, you wouldn’t know this event has any relation to type 1 diabetes (T1D). EXCEPT - when Sam says; “Pull out your pumps for my Snapchat video!” Now I know we are definitely a group of T1Ds. The best part of diabetes is the connections, the heartwarming conversations and the life-long friends that are made. I know that there aren’t many things considered “good” about this illness. But, if I didn’t have it I wouldn't have met countless of life changing people over my 15 years of T1D. This retreat allowed me to experience those life changing connections for the first time since I was in middle school.I lost connection with the T1D community when I was in High School. I was going through diabetes burnout, and stopped having the resources to travel to Children with Diabetes’s Friends for Life conference every summer. So, this retreat was an eye opener for me. I realized how much...
Hi everyone!My name is Emma and I’m beyond thrilled to be interning at the College Diabetes Network (CDN) headquarters this summer! I’m a rising senior at Bishop Fenwick High School in Peabody, MA. My plans for next year are attending college to study biochemistry and English on a pre-med track. I am planning to apply to a variety of schools and have already toured Boston University, Wellesley College, Tufts University, Dartmouth College, and George Washington University. I’m excited to see where I end up next fall!I was diagnosed with type one diabetes (T1D) in March of 2003, when I was three years old. I moved to the Boston area the following June and began participating in the JDRF and American Diabetes Association (ADA) fundraising walks. When I was nine, I went to Camp Carefree for the first time and discovered the wonderful world of the diabetes community. Since then, I have taken over captainship of my walk team, Emma’s Anchors, been appointed Committee Chair of the ADA Youth Leaders, and been a member of the Boston Children’s Hospital Teen Advisory Committee (TAC). I became involved with CDN after members of the TAC were invited to a Boston Meetup. I loved...
Editor’s Note: For the 2016-2017 school year, we launched our CDN SAC Virtual Intern Positions. We’re excited to offer these opportunities again for the upcoming school year. We asked this year’s interns about their experiences. Learn how to apply, here.Meet our 2016-2017 CDN Student Advisory Committee (SAC) Virtual Interns!Bridget Anshus, American University '18Major: Interdisciplinary Studies: Communications, Legal Institutes, Economics and Government Virtual SAC Intern Position: College Diabetes Week ProgramElias Ashooh, Providence College '19Major: Public ServiceVirtual SAC Intern Position: Off to College ProgramJaime McCurry, University of Connecticut '17Major: NursingVirtual SAC Intern Position: Chapter Network Program Lissie Poyner, Penn State University '17Major: Energy EngineeringVirtual SAC Intern Position: Donor & Development What did you do as a virtual SAC Intern? (Overall, specific projects, etc). Bridget: I designed the College Diabetes Week cover photo, logo, and matching posts and documents. I assisted in editing materials and helping come up with ideas for College Diabetes Week. I monitored Chapter activity and participated in a podcast and Twitter chat. Elias: I was involved with the creation and improvement of many different Off to College related projects. This included converting the Off to College Event host guide for clinics and organizations into one for CDN Chapters. It also included making guides for the first break home from...
On March 11, 2011 at the age of 13, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D). Growing up in Dallas, Texas, I never attended any sort of summer camps for children with diabetes. I knew two others in high school with diabetes, and in March of 2016, I tragically lost one of them due to complications with their T1D. Needless to say, it has been easy in the past six years to feel hopeless and alone, no matter how hard I try to keep going. When the opportunity came to attend this year’s College Diabetes Network (CDN) Retreat in Bridgton, Maine, something deep inside told me to apply.In preparation for the retreat, I was incredibly excited for my first camp-like experience as a person with diabetes. I was not very sure what to expect, but I knew something like this was exactly what I needed. I would be lying to you, however, if I did not mention how anxious, worried, and nervous I felt about travelling alone for the first time. Not to mention, I had never been anywhere on the east coast prior to this trip. As a Texan, flying into Boston and driving for three hours in...
Hey everybody!I’m Charles, and I’m very excited to be joining the College Diabetes Network (CDN) program team as a Program Assistant!I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) just over 9 years ago at age 14. With much support from family, friends, and colleagues, I’ve been fortunate to manage the highs and lows with as relative ease as could be hoped for. It is for this reason that since diagnosis I have actively pursued opportunities which would allow me to help others living with T1D to not only manage, but to thrive.T1D was integral in my decision as to what I wanted to study in college. With carb counting and nutrition labels thoroughly burned into brain, I pursued Food and Nutrition Science (after that one year that I majored in Chemistry, which we don’t talk about). After four years (plus the one we don’t talk about), I finished my B.S. in Food and Nutrition Science with a hand full of minors and certificates.My relationship with CDN began at the end of my sophomore year at Ohio University, when I helped to co-found our student diabetes group which would go on to become a CDN Chapter a few months later. I...
Diabetes was never something I even thought about. There was no history of it in my immediate family and from what I knew, it was only something you got if you ate too much sugar. I was nineteen... so I was in the clear, right?It was my freshman year at Penn State University and just started my spring semester. I had gotten through the transition in the fall and was ready for my new classes. Unfortunately, that’s exactly when I came down with strep throat, which led to the flu. After a week and a half of fevers and long days in bed, I thought it could only go up hill from there. And that’s when I started to feel changes in my body. I brushed off the constant thirst and frequent trips to the restroom as my body just recovering from flu dehydration. But it was during a physics exam that I was overwhelmed with nausea and fatigue that I knew something was very wrong. I went home that night, called the over night nurse, and they told me to get to the university health services immediately the next morning.When I walked into the appointment, I knew what they...
I’ve never written a blog before. You’d think it’d be easy; but, honestly, writing anything is never “easy,” especially sitting in an airplane 34,000 feet above the ground on Friday, the last day of the College Diabetes Network (CDN) Annual Retreat.This is the second time in my life I’ve been on an airplane. Before boarding, I spent four hours sitting on the floor of an airport talking with two almost strangers that really felt more like friends I’d known for a long time. I say almost because I met them on Monday (the day I got on an airplane for the first time in my life) at CDN’s Annual Student Retreat in Bridgton, Maine. Navigating an airport on my own, boarding a plane, flying to a strange state (compared to Florida, Maine is pretty weird), and even writing this blog wasn’t easy.I didn’t always know exactly what to do, and there were a few times I felt lost.I guess I could say the same thing about managing my diabetes or even running a CDN Chapter.In May, I wrapped up my freshman year of college; and surviving your first year of college is hard enough without type 1 diabetes (T1D). I...

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