Hi everyone! My name is Rebecca Gillen and I’ve had type 1 diabetes for 15 years. I’m a senior in college and I’m a CDN Virtual Intern! I wear a Medtronic pump and a Dexcom to help me manage my diabetes. I went out of state for college, so I had to make an 8-hour car ride when I wanted to go home. Road trips are a time of excitement (unless you’re driving across Western Kansas, and believe me, that is not exciting). You’re on the road, seeing sights, and excited to get to your destination.… 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
  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
Alexandra Hay has type 1 and is studying science and public health at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. “You could have a thyroid condition”, the doctor suggested as she felt my neck with both hands.  “Or, it could be diabetes”. I looked the other way as she pricked my finger; my blood sugar read 28 mmol/l (504 mg/dl). The doctor looked worried. I didn’t yet know what diabetes meant. I was diagnosed with Type 1 when I was 23, while I was in the middle of applying to graduate school to… Read more
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