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
Question: How does alcohol/weed affect blood sugar? I've heard hard liquor makes you go high and then drops you low in the morning, and wine keeps you high? So does that mean I should only bolus for wines and not liquor?  Answers: Zach: Hi! Great question! I can only offer you my thoughts on alcohol and my blood sugar, and I want you to know that everyone’s bodies react differently to alcohol, so you’ll have to experiment with your own limits. Personally, I don’t see a huge difference between… Read more
CDN’s Virtual Intern, Rebecca, recently interviewed Jessica Lynn,  a Nurse Midwife who specializes in T1D.  1) What contraception methods would you recommend for college-age women with type 1 diabetes?  Contraception is very personal. There’s no one size fits all approach, including for women and girls with type 1. First, I would suggest asking yourself some questions to help guide you to a method you’ll be happy with (it’s ok if some of the answers are unclear): Do you want to be pregnant… Read more
KRISTEN LEWIS, CDN ALUMNA The past year has been one of the most difficult of my life. Between car troubles, a stay in the ICU with DKA and my grandma's death I felt like I was drowning. The thing (or should I say person) that kept me afloat happened to be a boy. Someone with whom I shared my heart, my fears, my hopes and my home. Somehow he made it okay, holding me on nights when I cried for the grandma I would never see again or the hospital bill that seemed insurmountable. He tested my… Read more
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