How was moving to college and being away from your parents?
It was cool! The experience and transition was rather easy. I had been working on my independence and life skills, including managing my diabetes, for some time; this was my opportunity to put all of that to work. Then COVID hit and it all changed....back home since March and my independence has taken a back seat to some extent. I really miss school and LA. We are online for Fall 2020, so I will likely not see the team or school until January.
Did you tell your teammates about T1D? How did that conversation go?
While I didn't play in my freshman year, I did get to be a Team Manager and workout player. I did not share my T1D directly, but I didn't hide when I treated highs or lows. My pump and CGM did most of the work for me, particularly with Control IQ. Life saver!
Any funny diabetes stories from the first year?
Not funny, but some pretty scary stuff when my pump and CGM's failed as well as the issue with the Dexcom outage in the beginning of the year.
Did you register for accommodations? How was talking to processors about diabetes?
Yes, we registered way in advance, but getting everything finalized still took a few months. I really talked with one due to a few testing challenges. When I did have the occasion to talk, everyone was cool, in fact one of my professors has an uncle that is T1D, so she was very familiar.
How was it managing T1D and playing basketball at a collegiate level?
Practicing and managing with T1D had a few up and down days, but for the most part everything worked out.