Conference Recaps

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
What do you want to do with your life after college? Great question. Ever since I started nursing school, I’ve been asking myself the same thing over and over again. What type of nurse do I want to be? A clinical nurse? An educator? Is there a specialty that resonates with me? During my first year of college, I started to think that once I became a Registered Nurse (RN), maybe someday I could also become a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE). The connections I made with students on my… Read more
Last month I had the honor of attending the 2018 American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) Conference in Baltimore, MD. Prior to attending the conference I was busy using the conference app and studying the schedule to be sure I could attend as many sessions as possible. The main themes throughout the sessions I attended centered around diversity and inclusion, public health perspectives and of course, the HOT TOPIC of AADE18...PEER SUPPORT!!! One session that really stood out to me… Read more
As a person living with T1D for 12 years, I have often considered going into the field of diabetes education. As I go into my senior year of nursing school at the University of Texas, I am thinking even more about my future career and how I am going to reach my professional goals. This August, I was given the opportunity to attend the AADE Annual Conference in Baltimore, MD through CDN’s NextGen program to learn more about the field of diabetes education. Over the course of four days, I was… Read more
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