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So your child wants to get involved in Greek life… While you may be freaking out on the inside, try to keep calm on the outside. Don’t immediately say no, and don’t start listing all of the terrible things that might happen to them. Here are a couple main points you can use to help guide your conversation with your child. Center the conversation around self-advocacy – discuss how to self-advocate and the best time to talk to the fraternity/sorority. These will be important skills for your… Read more
On the morning of September 10, 2007, I was laying in a hospital bed surrounded by doctors asking too many questions and nurses trying to stick needles into me. I remember my dad standing next to my bed holding two Dunkin Donuts coffees (because Bostonians always need Dunkin coffee at 5 AM) and my mom next to me, holding my hand promising it would all be okay. In the midst of all the craziness, some doctor said the words, “ you have type 1 diabetes.” When I think back to that morning, the only… Read more
Congratulations! If you’re reading this then you got through the hardest part -- your T1D child’s first semester of college! The first break home is an exciting time for both you and your child, but it shouldn’t be ruined by unnecessary arguments over diabetes care. WHAT TO EXPECT THEIR SELF CARE PLAN HAS CHANGED By the time your child comes home for break, there have been at least two months of time independently managing their diabetes. During that time, it is likely they have developed… Read more
Zach Hall, Albion College '18 and Casey Terrell, University of Wyoming College of Law '18 Question: My son is going away to college this week. His A1C has been 12 for the past year. He has had Type 1 for 9 years. He has gone to classes for carb counting, getting ready for college and been to diabetes camp for many years. He wears a pump but does not want to wear a glucose monitor. He often does not bolus when he eats even though he knows he is supposed to. He understands the complications… Read more
Sophomore year of high school -T1D student questions How 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… Read more
CDN followed Kendall Nether, and his father Curtis, each year as Kendall moved through high school and prepared to head off to college.  What was it like when your son was diagnosed? Kendall was diagnosed on March 22, 2003, he was 18 months old. Today, this date is affectionately known as his diaversary. I have found most parents never forget the exact date and time when their daughter/son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Kendall’s warning signs went unnoticed as we assumed the strep throat… Read more
As I prepare to send my third child off to college, I can’t help but reflect on when my twin daughters, Hannah and Mary, left for college two years ago. It wasn’t easy seeing two of the four leave at the same time! Our house would be much quieter and of course we would miss them, but that wasn’t even the hardest part. The hardest part was sending off Hannah with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D).    Many questions went through my mind as the departure day approached:  Would her roommate understand her… Read more
Four years ago my daughter was jumping up and down screaming with joy, holding the admission letter to her dream college, which was 500 miles away from our home. I was cowering in a corner, wondering how we would ever survive. Today my daughter’s final semester is set – her schedule chosen, her internship in Congress extended. She’s almost ready to go out in the “real world” and she has rocked college, life and yes, diabetes. If I knew then what I know now … since I cannot go back, I’m going… Read more
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