After two hospitalizations, an out of control A1c, and 15 years of pumping, I knew I needed a change. My endocrinologist and I had discussed my options with my current pump and CGM. Although she encouraged me to stick with it, I knew I was burnt out. I decided to go back to the beginning of my diagnosis where I used multiple daily injections (MDI) to manage my diabetes. Unsurprisingly, like riding a bike, it all came back to me in an instant; my A1c dropped three points in three months as a… Read more
No, this is not some other type of condition. When I first heard the term “MDI”, I immediately thought of mesothelioma commercials. If you google MDI, various company and organizational names pop up. After a silly amount of research, I came to understand that MDI actually stands for Manual Daily Injections. Oh, duh, SHOTS! Being a person with type one diabetes for almost ten years, I have always heard interesting verbiage regarding diabetes and treatment methods. “Are you on the pump or shots… Read more
On August 15, 2016 I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D). In the preceding three weeks I had lost 24 pounds, become fatigued, developed blurry vision, and somehow more frighteningly than anything else... the skin on my palms was peeling as though from a sunburn. At that time I was completely ignorant about diabetes. I didn’t know the difference between the two types, the causes, the relative genetic risks for each, or really anything else. I didn’t have the slightest idea how an insulin… Read more
Editors’ Note: MannKind Corp., the company which produces Afrezza, is a CDN Corporate Member. One of our CDN students who uses Afrezza as part of his diabetes management wrote this blog about his experience.  I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) the summer before my senior year of high school. Fast forward two years later, and I am still using the Novolog and Lantus pens I started out with. I am perfectly content with using insulin pens, and do not have much interest in trying a pump… Read more
Three years ago I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) during my first semester of college. For the first two years I was completely unsure about switching from insulin pens to an insulin pump because I felt uncomfortable having a device attached to me 24/7. It wasn’t until I attended the CDN Annual Retreat last summer and saw the many different ways other students manage their diabetes that I decided to research different pumps and consider getting one. At the retreat I was able to hear… Read more
  As a college student with continuously changing insulin needs as a result of my busy schedule, a patient frustrated by the sluggish speed of the FDA to approve more closed-loop management systems (I am allergic to the Medtronic CGM) and a diabetes nerd, I had always thought of taking matters into my own hands and creating my own device. However, the complicated documentation and programming requirements that I read about online overwhelmed me.  After living with diabetes for 13 years and… Read more
Editor's note: Tandem Diabetes is a CDN Corporate Member. CDN student members were able to participate in this tour as a result of the relationship between Tandem Diabetes and CDN. To learn more about Corporate Membership click here. During the week of the American Diabetes Association’s Scientific Sessions in San Diego, our group visited the Tandem Diabetes Care Headquarters. Our tour guide, the fabulous Blair Ryan, Manager of Community Relations at Tandem, showed us around the expansive… Read more
I will be the first one to tell you that I do not like certain kinds of change, so I’m not completely sure what I was thinking when I told my mom I wanted something new. Fingers crossed, I started the process. Besides a few summer pump vacations, I have been on the same pump for over 13 years. I added POLI (pumper on long acting insulin) to my resume full time last spring. But besides that, little has changed. When I first started the new pump, the first words out of my mouth were “I have my… Read more
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