Alumni

Editor's Note: Our 2021 NextGen Fellows interviewed some of our CDN alumni. We will be featuring these interviews each month in 2022! Kimberly Sauers was a former CDN NextGen fellow and is currently on the track to become a nurse practitioner. She was diagnosed at age 12 when she began experiencing the common signs and symptoms of type 1 diabetes (T1D). Because she was a competitive soccer player at the time, symptoms such as excessive thirst and weight loss were misattributed. “I was playing… Read more
Editor's Note: Our 2021 NextGen Fellows interviewed some of our CDN alumni. We will be featuring these interviews each month in 2022! I had the wonderful opportunity to interview Charlotte Pillow who graduated from CDN’s NextGen program in 2019. Charlotte was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 9 in 2006 and grew up attending diabetes camp surrounded by girls her age and counselors she could look up to. When she started college at the University of Rochester, she wanted something similar to… Read more
Editor's Note: Our 2021 NextGen Fellows interviewed some of our CDN alumni. We will be featuring these interviews each month in 2022! Ally Lupu: Tell me about yourself! Krysta Walter: I was diagnosed with type one diabetes when I was 10 years old, I’m 27 now, so it’s been almost two decades. My younger sister actually has type one as well, so it was nice to always have someone that understood. It has definitely gotten easier as I’ve gotten older, but working in healthcare has also given me a… Read more
Editor's Note: Our 2021 NextGen Fellows interviewed some of our CDN alumni. We will be featuring these interviews each month in 2022! Erica Farr was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when she was only six years old. Though she quickly learned that diabetes would not stop her from doing all the things she loves. As of now, Erica uses the TXlimX2 and the Dexcom G6, and did not fail to mention the appreciation of the elimination of finger pokes.  “I was told that I would probably die prematurely… Read more
Editor's Note: Our 2021 NextGen Fellows interviewed some of our CDN alumni. We will be featuring these interviews each month in 2022! Q: Tell us a little about yourself. Lindsey Medalla: I went to the University of Rochester where I graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Archeology, Technology, and Historical Structures in 2019. Currently, I am working as a systems engineer.
Editor's Note: Our 2021 NextGen Fellows interviewed some of our CDN alumni. We will be featuring these interviews each month in 2022! Alexandra Aguirre: Tell me about yourself… Cassie Abrams: I’m Cassie. I live in Long Island, New York. I’ve had diabetes for a little over 12 years. I studied Integrative Neuroscience, Health and Wellness Studies at Binghamton University. I was a founding member of my undergraduate university CDN chapter. Since then, I’ve been able to do a lot with CDN. I… Read more
Editor's Note: Our 2021 NextGen Fellows interviewed some of our CDN alumni. We will be featuring these interviews each month in 2022! Alexandra Aguirre: Tell us about yourself… Steven Santoyo: My name is Steven. I’m 24 and I’ve lived with type one diabetes for 10 years, it will be 11 years this coming March. I’m an educator. I have been teaching for two years in my hometown of Dallas, Texas. I am excited to talk about CDN and my connection to it still because, without the College Diabetes… Read more
“What are you doing after graduation?” I bet you can already feel the sweaty palms, smoke-coming-out-of-your-ears, stuttering, fists clenching reaction to those words. Sometimes I’d joke that I would be moving to Iceland, opening a doggy-day care or was going to try to set a world-record for the longest congo line. Graduating virtually mid-pandemic threw me for a loop, just like every other class of 2020 graduate. Before, when The Dreaded Question came up, I never joked that I would move… Read more
Editor's note: Have more health insurance questions? Click here. When I turned 25 in early January 2020, I knew that in 365 short days I would no longer have the luxury of my parents’ health insurance. At that time,  my employment contract had been preemptively terminated and leaving me at that point unemployed for three months. I had loans, a car payment, and rent to pay. The possibility of having to navigate paying for health insurance on top of all that was an overwhelming thought. I had a… Read more
Editor's note: Have more health insurance questions? Click here. My name is Lissie, former Penn State CDN Chapter President and type one diabetic of seven years (wow, it’s been that long already?!). Diabetes hasn’t been the easiest ride but it can’t be all that bad when it gives you a reason not to have to share your sweet treats. Let’s face it though, the disease comes with some responsibilities that we didn’t ask for. When I was diagnosed with type one diabetes at 19, I knew that health… Read more
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