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Meet our 2017-2018 Student Advice Columnists! Do you have a question for our students? Submit it here anonymously! Zach HallI am a senior at Albion College in MichiganI study Spanish and Communications Studies, and I'll be graduating in May of 2018.I was diagnosed with T1D when I was 13; the summer before eighth grade.My least favorite thing about T1D in college is the amount of times I've been asked if my pump was a pager and if I was "allowed" to eat sugar.My favorite thing about T1D is the amazing community that I'm a part of. Through my experiences with CDN national staff and student leaders at the 2017 Annual Retreat, I've made connections that will last a lifetime. You can follow me on Instagram @zach_hall18 and on Twitter @zach618. Abbey Gill Public Relations Rowan University 2020My connection to T1D: I was diagnosed at age 12. My least favorite thing about having diabetes in college is my Dexcom urgent low glucose alarm going off in class.My favorite thing about having T1D is educating people who don't understand the disease/ unknowledgeable about the disease.  Instagram: @abbey_juliet Casey TerrellJuris Doctorate/ Masters in Environment and Natural ResourcesThird Year LawGraduated BA in 2015Will graduate JD/MA in Spring 2018Connection to T1D: T1D...

CDN Grants- Awareness

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 CDN Corporate Member Lilly Diabetes.  St. Louis University- John Our Chapter of The College Diabetes Network (CDN) at Saint Louis University (SLU) started this year and we have been trying to come up with new ideas for how to spread awareness for diabetes on campus. We hosted an event called “Diabetic for a Day”. We have a lot of people involved in our Chapter that know people with diabetes but are not affected themselves. To give some small idea of what wearing an insulin pump every day is like, we worked with our local with OmniPod rep and distributed over 200 trial insulin pumps to students on campus who wanted to wear them for a day and see what it was like. All we asked was that they send in a picture of themselves wearing their trial pump, and then they could come the next day to get free pizza and a CDN T-shirt! We spent the entire Saturday getting email after email of non-T1D SLU students wearing their trial pumps with big smiles on their faces,...

ADA 2017: Tandem Tour

Editor's note: Tandem Diabetes is a CDN Corporate Member. CDN student members were able to participate in this tour as a result of the relationship between Tandem Diabetes and CDN. To learn more about Corporate Membership click here.During the week of the American Diabetes Association’s Scientific Sessions in San Diego, our group visited the Tandem Diabetes Care Headquarters. Our tour guide, the fabulous Blair Ryan, Manager of Community Relations at Tandem, showed us around the expansive campus. I met Blair last year at the College Diabetes Network (CDN) Annual Retreat, and she has been a wonderful friend to me in the diabetes world since our introduction. She also happens to work for one of my most favorite companies. And, because five of the six CDN students at ADA, including myself, are Tandem users, it goes without saying that this trip was pretty much “diabetes Christmas” to many of us.While at Tandem HQ, the Tandem team demonstrated the software update process using the Tandem Device Updater. Using this technology, software updates can be released as approved by the FDA and can be performed in the comfort of the user’s home via personal computer. The first expected update for the t:slim X2 Pump is Dexcom...

It's Not Truly Goodbye

It’s definitely bittersweet, but I wanted to let everyone know that at the end of the month I’ll be leaving the College Diabetes Network (CDN).I am beyond grateful that I had the amazing experience of working with so many people impacted by diabetes; from student leaders to families to clinical providers and to others in the sector. So many of those people have blown me away with their passion and drive, especially CDN students and alumni. Everyone is doing so much and the impact will be far reaching and will continue for years.How lucky am I to have had a job straight out of college that I loved and was passionate about? I always joked that the thing I’d miss about college the most would be Dawgs for Diabetes, the CDN Chapter at the University of Georgia, and that is still true. Working at CDN did help curtail my FOMO (fear of missing out) a little bit because I was working with CDN Chapters across the country.When I think about where I was and where CDN was six years ago and even the two years I’ve worked here, I’m amazed but not shocked. The number of CDN Chapters, programs, and...
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...

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