Conference Recaps

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
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend College Diabetes Network’s Leadership Summit in Boston, MA with 11 other college students and young adults from across the country. As a graduating senior I was looking forward to sharing my college experiences with peers, industry leaders, and CDN staff. My expectations of the events were far surpassed and even weeks later I am still thinking about the friendships, networking, and knowledge I gained in a single weekend. The events were created… Read more
The summer before my first semester of college, I came across the College Diabetes Network by chance. I knew right then and there I had to get involved with them. I felt as if nobody on campus really knew what type one diabetes (T1D) was and my campus had no resources for college students who have diabetes.That ignited the fire to bring that community and awareness of T1D to campus. Everybody at CDN was so helpful and responsive. They made the process of starting the club easy and soon after… Read more
This past week, I had the distinct pleasure of attending “The State of Diabetes” - a meeting for congressional members on Capitol Hill. While it does sound like “The State of the Union” address, I was not appointed the “designated survivor” (lucky for you). Rather, this meeting of the minds allowed the most prominent members in the diabetes community to come together and brief congress people on where our country is in diabetes research, expenses, and overall life with the disease. This meeting… Read more
There is nothing predictable about living life with diabetes. In fact, the only consistent thing about diabetes, is its inconsistency. Although it’s extremely frustrating to accept, it was inspiration for my wanting to found a Chapter of CDN at the University of Dayton. I thought that with support from other college students and the local community, balancing diabetes and daily college life could be made easier. CDN has not only introduced me to other individuals with diabetes and provided me… Read more
CDN began as something that I started at my university to become more involved on campus. I have never been one to share my diabetes story with anyone, and frankly, most of my friends didn’t even know I had it. But once I started the club and began to get so much positive feedback and interest, I knew I had begun something bigger than I originally thought. Upon receiving an email that said I was selected to attend the Diabulimia conference with CDN, I had never been more ecstatic. Being a… Read more
Brooke Hollan, Florida Gulf Coast CDN Chapter   Every year, Friends for Life just gets better and better. The connections and relationships that are formed every year will last for a lifetime. I am so thankful and grateful for the College Diabetes Network for bringing me to FFL with them this year and allowing me to have a sense of belonging and family. Working in the exhibit hall is always a crazy, yet amazing experience. Getting to see how type one diabetes brings people from all over the… Read more
Editor's Note: Thanks to support from Insulet, makers of the Omnipod, CDN is able to provide our Political Advocacy Guide to all who want to make an impact!     I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2011 at age 12. After going to a doctor’s appointment where I was promised there would be no shots, I was ironically rushed to the hospital for a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes and shots for the rest of my life. Since then, I have had many ups and downs, but I have also found a community. I have… Read more
The Exhibit Hall at the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) conference was absolutely jaw dropping. There were almost 200 different exhibitors, one being the College Diabetes Network where we had the chance to introduce passersby to our wonderful organization. Some of the exhibitors even had huge signs hanging from the ceiling or their own carpet to denote their booth. Then, imagine over 3,000 Certified Diabetes Educators (CDEs) roaming through the different booths and posters.… Read more
I met Sophie and Charlotte while I was a bit of a mess. Well not really I guess, just the annoying hypoglycemia episodes that we have to deal with sometimes. I was sweaty, a bit nervous, and I felt weak, but I also had an adrenaline rush (the usual symptoms some can relate to with a low blood sugar). I shared with them how extremely low my blood sugar was, in the 30’s, and how my CGM was alerting me that my blood sugar level was decreasing. They were so sweet, asking me if I was okay and if I… Read more
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