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Do you have a running list in your mind of everything you need to get done but cannot seem to make yourself do anything? Do you find yourself feeling like you are never actually leaving work/school because you now live there? Has your anxiety about living with diabetes as a college student increased because you are in a “high risk” category during a pandemic? If you answered yes to any of these, you are not alone. Living in this COVID-19 era, we have all had to juggle working from home,… Read more
Graduate college: Check. Pass my NCLEX: Check. Accept my first job offer: Check. When I was going through the mental checklist of milestones I was expected to be meeting after graduating college, I forgot to include one of the most important things - diabetes. My main focus was making sure that I was keeping up with everyone around me.   When I started my first job as a new graduate nurse on a cardiac floor, I already felt behind all of my peers. I was one of the few people in my… Read more
Hello! My name is Ashley Conley. I am 25 years old, a medical student at UQ-Ochsner Medical School, and a type 1 for over 23 years. In the photo with me is Nick Morriss, he is also 25 years old, a medical student at Duke University School of Medicine, and he has had T1D for 11 years. We were classmates at Colby College, where we built the foundation for a life-long friendship because of our shared experiences and understanding of what it means to live with type 1 diabetes. We arrived at Colby… Read more
Tell us a little about your diabetes story. When were you diagnosed? What was it like if you remember? I was diagnosed just three months after my younger brother, Mark, 42 years ago way back in 1978. With no technology or standardized devices, on top of the assumption that most juvenile diabetes cases were almost exclusively hereditary, I was instructed by my family physician to check my “glucose” on a urine strip every week and report back if the color darkened or fell outside the normal… Read more
As we all know, it’s been a strange year so far. COVID-19 has hit the United States hard, and Americans with chronic illnesses and those of an advanced age have faced the brunt of the pandemic’s wrath. For me, plans were disrupted and altered completely. I was supposed to spend the last couple weeks of March at a human rights conference in the UK, followed by several days in Boston for a College Diabetes Network conference. These events were cancelled, as was the last quarter of my senior year… Read more
Being an athlete already has its many stresses on everyday life. Being a person with type 1 and being an athlete is another level of stress, but it can be managed and done successfully. I was 14 when I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. I had to learn quickly how to manage this disease and still be able to do all the normal things I wanted to do. In college, there are many thoughts and choices that you have daily – what do I eat today, how late should I stay up, did I get my schoolwork done… Read more
What drives you? It’s the age-old question that dominates the landscape of college admission essays, job interviews and really applies to any age or life circumstance. So why is it so hard to answer? We live as complex entities. Some of our goals are masked by competing influences. Compromise, or sacrifice, so to say. Each day presents a series of choices that require us to act on our motives. And we respond accordingly.  So how can we improve our alignment? There are many of us that want… Read more
  The College Diabetes Network provides many great resources, one of them being the Off to Work Guide for recent graduates and people entering the workforce. It has many helpful tips to prepare you for interviews, workplace settings, and emergencies. I had my first internship over the summer and used the guide to prepare myself for my first office job. The guide also has many helpful tips for the interview process and how to talk about diabetes. Interviews are intimidating environments that… Read more
Ashley Conley ●      Boston University School of Medicine, Master of Science in Medical Science, May 2019 ●      Colby College, BS in Neurobiology & Economics-Mathematics, 2017 Tell us a little about your diabetes story. When were you diagnosed? What was it like if you remember? My family and I were in the process of moving across the Atlantic Ocean from England, where I was born, to Massachusetts, when my life and the lives of those around me changed forever. I was only two years old,… Read more
Ashley Conley Boston University School of Medicine, Master of Science in Medical Science, May 2019 Colby College, BS in Neurobiology & Economics-Mathematics, 2017 Tell us a little about your diabetes story. When were you diagnosed? What was it like if you remember? My family and I were in the process of moving across the Atlantic Ocean from England, where I was born, to Massachusetts, when my life and the lives of those around me changed forever. I was only two years old, and we had not… Read more
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