Meet the 2018-2019 CDN Student Advice Columnists!



Meet our 2018-2019 CDN Student Advice Columnists! they are here to answer your anonymous questions about all things T1D. Submit your questions here, and they may be answered in an upcoming blog!


Abbey Gill 

  • Public Relations 
  • Rowan University 2020
  • CDN 2017-2018 Student Advice Columnist, CDN 2018 Summer Intern
  • My 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


Brandon Ty Yunker

  • I am a sophomore at Eastern Oregon University.
  • I am studying Molecular Biology with a focus in Pre-Medicine, and minoring in Chemistry and Psychology.
  • I was diagnosed with type one diabetes in September of 2011 at the age of 12, exactly one week after my birthday.
  • My least favorite thing about diabetes is when people ask me if I have checked my blood PRESSURE instead of my blood SUGAR.
  • My most favorite thing about having type one diabetes is being a part of the Chris Dudley Foundation family, and the network of people I have met through being a camper and counselor at Chris Dudley Basketball Camp.
  • You can follow me on Twitter @TyYunker


Mara Spector

  • I am a junior nursing major with a psychology minor at Stevenson University and am on track to graduate Spring 2020.
  • Connection to T1D: I was diagnosed at age 17, my senior year of high school.
  • My least favorite thing about having T1D in college is the amount of times I have been asked if my pump is a pager or an MP3 player and when my cgm goes off in the middle of an exam.
  • My favorite thing about T1D is that my experiences lead me to realize my dream of becoming a Certified Diabetes Educator and working with children who are newly diagnosed!
  • Instagram: maraspector