Editor's note: Karlyn and Courtney are a mom and daughter combo who together, helped Courtney thrive during her four years on campus. Check out Karlyn's first blog for us about communication with your student while they're away.
It’s that time of summer when I usually start mentally preparing myself for my daughter to move back to college. I mentioned “usually” because she graduated from college in May 2019. As I reflect on the past four years and how quickly they went by, I am forever grateful for my daughter Courtney’s willingness to communicate and keep my husband and me in the loop with her diabetes management. I’m not saying there weren’t struggles but what I am saying is we communicated….the good, the bad, and… Read more
Kendall is going to college! We caught up with Kendall and Curtis about Kendall's senior year and how they're preparing for Kendall to head off to college in the fall.
As my daughter, Courtney, prepares to graduate from college this week, I have been reflecting upon the past four years wondering how we made it through college with our daughter having type 1 diabetes. I’ve thought of the support, and the travel and the connections she has made and they all led me back to the College Diabetes Network. I’ll never forget the first diabetes conference we went to shortly after Courtney was diagnosed in 2013. We walked around the tradeshow floor and walked up to… Read more
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
Editor's note: We've been checking in with Kendall and his father, Curtis as Kendall moves through his high school years and prepares to head off to college. Check out his experiences as a Freshman and Sophomore. Junior year of high school Kendall’s questions 1. Looking back, how was sophomore year different than freshman year? It was easier to manage time, I was a little more comfortable in what I was doing for classes, and managing what was expected of me at school, home and practice. 2… 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
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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