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CDN recently asked Jazmine Simon, founder of Jazmine Beauty, to tell us about her diabetes diagnosis, her brand's connection to diabetes, and what peer support means to her as a busy young adult living with type 1 diabetes. The day my life unknowingly changed forever was July 13, 2017. I was 15 years old when I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and told that I would have to live with it for the rest of my life because there is no cure for it. As I sat in the hospital bed, thinking about the… Read more
Hi everyone! I’m Jenna and I’m a 2021 NextGen Fellow with CDN. I’ve been living with T1D for about 11 years and have been using a CGM for 6 of those years. Although I rely heavily on my CGM for daily management, I didn’t fully understand how I could use time in range to gain a better understanding of my daily blood sugar trends. Therefore, when the opportunity to interview Gary Scheiner, MS CDCES presented itself I thought it would be a great way to learn more about this topic. Gary is the… Read more
Glucagon Series Sponsored by Xeris Pharmaceuticals, Inc. & Lilly Diabetes.  Blog 4: Alleviating Fears Associated with Hypos 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 treatment… Read more
It wasn’t until July 2013 – from inside of an emergency room – that I first heard of Type 1 diabetes (T1D). Being the first with the disease in my family, we did not understand what challenges we were beginning to face. It was not just about trying to keep your blood sugar down from hyperglycemia, it also involved taking the necessary measures to avoid a hypoglycemia. I did not understand the importance of hypoglycemia management until October 2018. After a hard day’s work of walking around the… Read more
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… 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
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