Glucagon Series Sponsored by Xeris Pharmaceuticals, Inc. & Lilly Diabetes. Blog #2 - tackling the burden of self-advocacy and education.Disclaimer: This blog is part of a series of blogs written by CDN students, alumni, and parents. CDN is committed to ensuring that young adults have the information they need to make informed choices about their healthcare. Given the recent innovations in glucagon, we wanted to highlight stories from our network about past experiences with lows, and how new… 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
When my parents came to visit me at college during the first semester of my freshman year, I prepared for their arrival by removing the decorations on the door to my dorm room because they had my preferred name on them. I hid anything in my room that could hint at the fact that I was transgender. And yet, after seeing my newly-shaved head, my mom asked me, “Are you trying to be a boy or something?” I began coming out to my friends that I was transgender in high school, and I took the first… Read more
So you've moved in, found your classes, and the homesickness (we won't tell anyone) has abated. But there is one connection that you still need to make: medical care! Students with diabetes can typically maintain care with their pediatric clinical practice until age 21 or graduation from college. But what happens when you are at school and you need to change your insulin dosage or prescription?  Where will you get routine labs done? Even more likely, what happens if you get sick?! Illness and… Read more
College is essentially the survival of the fittest. Some enter with AP credits that allow them to forego some of the courses that weed out others. Some enter on scholarships for merit, athletics, or diversity while others are on government or private loans. Some enter without diabetes, and then there are those of us that do. Whether you are newly introduced to diabetes or have been lifelong acquaintances, college is going to daunt you. In K-12, there was this safe space known as the nurse’s… Read more
Over the past 1-2 years, I began a true quest for total health and wellness. After discovering holistic health and the “mind-body-spirit connection,” I learned that the mind, body, and spirit (or soul) are in perfect conjunction with each other and that all three aspects equally contribute to both our wellness and disease. Throughout my childhood, I was kind of familiar with mental wellness; I practiced thinking and speaking joyful thoughts and words, and I tried to catch myself when negativity… Read more
ELIZABETH CONSIDINE, GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY '20 Exercise and sports are my favorite way to get outside of my comfort zone. With type 1 diabetes (T1D), there are more challenges than just the number of miles or the target pace. Participating in high school sports and now in triathlon at the collegiate club level with T1D has introduced me to more obstacles, but I firmly believe that they have molded me into the student, athlete and person that I am today. The most obvious, and most difficult… Read more
Question: Help!!! I was just diagnosed, and my prom is a week away!!! I’ve lost so much weight any don’t think I’ll fit into my dress anymore. What should I do? Answers: Maddy: Being diagnosed with diabetes is a hard transition for anyone no matter their age, but I think one of the most important things you can learn with having diabetes is that it shouldn’t stop you from living your life! It sounds like from the tone of your question you still want to go to prom, so good for you! I… Read more
Allyson S. Hughes, M.A., University of Texas at El Paso Editor's note: download your copies of the second edition of the Off to College booklets for students and parents here! Allyson S. Hughes, M.A. is a doctoral candidate in the Psychology department at the University of Texas at El Paso.  She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1995 at the age of 7 years old. .   .   . Switching health care providers (HCPs) can be challenging, especially when seeking a provider who is skilled in type 1… Read more
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