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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...
Editor's note: applications to attend a conference with CDN in 2018 are open! Apply today.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...
 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...
Editor's Note: Like all of our resources at the College Diabetes Network, all aspects of the CDN Annual Retreat (from transportation to lodging to meals) are provided to students free of charge, thanks to the generous support of our donors and partners. Please consider donating to CDN to help us continue to offer and expand this impactful and foundational piece of our programming to students in the future. Thank you for your support!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...
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...

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