My name is Kendra Bass. I’m currently enrolled at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and plan to graduate May 2023! I am a Biology/Pre-Med major with a minor in nutrition. I live out my dog mom life with my chocolate lab named Jasmine. I love to dance: I am currently learning ballroom dancing and I was a competitive dancer in high school. I have had diabetes for two and a half years - I was diagnosed at 18 years old. I am involved with American Medical Student Association, BioME and have been… Read more
My name is Alex and I am a 2021 NextGen Fellow with CDN. I am a student at California State University East Bay pursuing a BA in Business Administration with a focus on Operations and Supply Chain Management. As a person living with T1D for over 10 years, I understand that access to insulin and modern treatments is vital. One of my personal goals is to make resources more cost-effective and accessible to everyone. My life purpose is deeply linked to Eli Lilly and Company’s (Lilly)… Read more
Being able to sense changes in my blood sugar before it can potentially become dangerous has always been a struggle for me. Even after having type one diabetes for five years, I am still not able to recognize the signs and symptoms until it’s too late. When my endocrinologist introduced me to the magic of Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGM) my life changed completely. With an extra tool on my body, I was finally able to feel confident going to sleep, taking a shower, and hanging out with friends… Read more
Medtronic has been releasing commercialized insulin pumps since 1983, but they’re still making innovations in 2020! They recently released their newest addition to the family – the MiniMed™ 770G system. This new insulin pump is able to work with the MiniMed™ MioTM Advance infusion set, which was released in the U.S. this past summer. Another new improvement with the pump is its ability to connect to smartphones through an app. The new insulin pump is a hybrid closed loop system like its… Read more
In this new era of moving away from in-person medicine and transitioning to telehealth, when it comes to having diabetes and obtaining vital care, you may need some clarity on your options (pun intended). Continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) have been a revolutionary advancement in diabetes health management in recent years and have quickly been adapted into the lives of diabetics everywhere. This technology is ever-growing and expanding to meet the needs of its users. A lot of CGM’s offer… Read more
Editor’s note: The CDN Chapters at the University of Washington and Seattle University teamed up with the Northwest Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) to ensure that every college student in the Seattle T1D community has access to a support network. Andy, co-founder of the CDN Chapter at the University of Washington, and Gwen Malone and Teri Yoder from the JDRF Northwest Chapter told us about their experiences and why working with the diabetes community is so beneficial… Read more
As a dog parent and animal lover, I appreciate the opportunity to tell my story about growing up with a dog with diabetes. As many of you know, I am a NASCAR Xfinity Series driver that also happens to be a T1D. Growing up in central California, I came from a racing and animal loving family. Our favorite animal from my childhood was a Chihuahua named Tank. During the weekdays in between school and racing, Tank and I would play for hours and grew extremely close. Fast forward to 2011, I was a 17… Read more
I’ve had type 1 diabetes for about eleven and a half years. I was lucky in my diagnosis in that it was caught relatively early. To this day, I have (very fortunately) never had a harrowing experience with diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), however, I cannot say the same for incapacitating hypoglycemic episodes. In fact, I’ve had more than a few. The first time I ever had one of these terrifying lows was eight years after my diagnosis. I was in high school, home sick, during exam season. My dad was… Read more
Three years ago I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) during my first semester of college. For the first two years I was completely unsure about switching from insulin pens to an insulin pump because I felt uncomfortable having a device attached to me 24/7. It wasn’t until I attended the CDN Annual Retreat last summer and saw the many different ways other students manage their diabetes that I decided to research different pumps and consider getting one. At the retreat I was able to hear… Read more
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