Alyssa was diagnosed with type one diabetes when she was 3 years old. She graduated form the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience in the Spring of 2017. Before coming to CDN, Alyssa served as her Chapter leader at the University of Michigan. She also volunteered on the local walk planning committee for JDRF and was a patient advocate for both adult and pediatric diabetic patients at Michigan Medicine. During her time as an advocate, she consulted with committee members on a new program aimed towards assisting young adults transition from pediatric to adult care clinics. Alyssa’s involvement in the diabetes community paired with her personal experience sparked her initial interest in working in the diabetes sector.
Age Diagnosed: 3
What she likes to do: read, write poetry and short stories, anime, exercise, pet random strangers’ dogs
Favorite thing about diabetes: It has taught me to be resilient in all aspects of my life.
Least favorite thing about diabetes: Having to hit pause on an activity or event because your blood sugars are out of range.
Biggest T1D struggle while in college: Coping with the high blood sugars that resulted from the increased amount of stress that comes with college.