Study Abroad

Editor's note: This post is taken from CDN student Maria Horner's blog, "Winging It - Type One in Rome". Check out her other posts about studying abroad in Rome with T1D here! You’ve counted out your diabetes supplies, miraculously squeezed them all into your bags using the handy tricks in my post about packing (along with everything else you’ll need for the next few months!), and suddenly it’s almost time for take off!  As I left my family behind at the airport, there were so many questions… Read more
Editor's note: Read Caroline's first blog about studying abroad in Copenhagen here! Something everyone who is studying abroad has to prepare themselves for is temporarily uprooting themselves from the comfort and community of their home campuses. I know for me it was hard because as I entered the fall semester of my junior year, I finally felt like I was in a groove and was loving where I was at in terms of academics, work, and friends. But then I decided to leave all that behind for a… Read more
In my last year of pharmacy school at Purdue University, I was fortunate enough to travel to Kenya for a 2-month rotation where I worked in the country’s referral hospital. I was ecstatic to learn and grow as a clinician with this experience; however, I was a bit worried about managing diabetes in an underdeveloped country. As I was preparing to depart for Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH), I began to stockpile as many supplies as I could fit in my suitcase. I had 6 vials of Humalog, 1… Read more
Managing diabetes at home can pose many challenges. You have to make sure juice and crackers are always on hand. You have to make sure your pens, vials, or pump has enough insulin to go about your day-to-day. Let’s not even talk about the other necessities that you have to lug around with you every day. That being said, what about when you go abroad? It is almost inevitable that your diabetes regimen and management will change as you adjust to the new country and culture that you’re in. Some… Read more
If your type one diabetes is the only thing keeping you from hopping on a plane to go see the world, please let me be the one to tell you that you CAN do this. The world is such a big, diverse, beautiful place and getting an opportunity to see more of it is something I recommend everyone take. I remember wanting to go to different countries and see the corners of the earth from the time I was a small girl. When I was starting my senior year of high school, I started looking for service trips… Read more
Thirty-five glucagon. Thirty-five. I’d heard the hesitation in my endocrinologist’s voice as she prescribed them, wondering what sort of mess I was getting myself into this time around. I’d seen the skepticism on the face of the pharmacist who handed over the bag full of the red containers and the unasked questions. I didn’t care. If carrying around an extra backpack stuffed with syringes, Omnipods, CGM kits, and test strips was the cost for my impending adventure, I would gladly pay it. After… Read more
  I was barely awake, but enough to reach over and grab my phone from my nightstand. “I just spent like 30 minutes panicking and setting up international calling on this phone to get ahold of you—you’re below 40.” My spouse follows my data via Dexcom Share, and I was less than 10 days into my summer abroad in Moscow, Russia via American Councils. For me it was around2-3am. I woke up just a bit more and checked-in with my body. I definitely wasn’t that low, but I was low. I took some sugar… Read more
Deanelle Thompson, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill I had just received my acceptance letter to study abroad in Sevilla, Spain for the spring semester. I was excited (literally shedding tears of joy), especially since this would be my first time going to Europe. Although I was really excited to travel across Europe and study in Spain, I was also extremely anxious. There were a couple of reasons why I had anxiety: I was leaving home to live across the Atlantic Ocean for six months, I… Read more
I decided to study abroad the summer after my freshman year. I can honestly say it was one of the best decisions I have made in college. Freshman year is an adjusting year—a year to figure out who you are and who you want to be. In my mind, I saw this as a perfect time to explore before I got too bogged down by my studies, but I was also scared. I was scared to leave behind my family and friends for a month, scared to not know anyone else going on the trip, and scared of being in a foreign… Read more
In life there are always firsts. Sometimes those firsts can be scary. Your first steps, your first day of school, and your first time driving come to mind. As a person with type 1 diabetes (T1D), my life is defined by a few other “firsts.” My first time giving myself a shot, my first sleepover after diagnosis, my first site change, and what this story is about, my first time travelling abroad with T1D. All my “firsts” had been scary, yet so rewarding, so I knew this experience wouldn’t be any… Read more
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