Off to College

Editor's note: This blog is part of our Feeling 100! initiative - learn more here.  College holds many new experiences for students, including socializing, partying, and for some, alcohol. These new experiences may hold challenges for students with T1D since alcohol can cause hypoglycemia. Certain drinks contain carbohydrates, which can rapidly raise blood sugar. Despite this, alcohol consumption causes an increase in insulin secretion which can lead to lows - particularly when you are… Read more
Editor's note: This blog is part of our Feeling 100! initiative, learn more here.    In the Fall of 2018, I was going into my Freshman year of college at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. It is a small school nestled between Milwaukee and Chicago overlooking Lake Michigan. When going into college, it is easy to lose sight of how diabetes plays a huge factor in the transition from high school to college. Personally, I was too busy figuring out my dorm decorations and talking with my… Read more
Editor's note: This blog is part of our Feeling 100! initiative, learn more here.  Oh no! Your blood sugar is low on campus. No fear! Your hypoglycemic compass is here! Here are a few tips to help you dodge the drop: Always have low snacks ready Personally, I use pencil pouches that I use to store mints and peanut crackers. I can have the supplies I need and be discrete.
Editor's note: This is cross-posted from CDN Chapter member Shanley's blog. This blog post is a bit different from my standard college articles, but I try to write about what’s on my mind and what I think it could benefit others to read. You may not know that, in addition to celiac disease (hence my gluten-free food posts), I was diagnosed with type one diabetes almost ten years ago now. You’re welcome to look it up if you want more information from a medical professional, but being type one… Read more
My name is Christina, and I am the Director of Development and Social Media Chair for Dawgs for Diabetes, the CDN Chapter at The University of Georgia (UGA). I am a Senior at UGA, and I will graduate in May of 2021 with a degree in Nutritional Sciences. As a type 1 for six years, I am passionate about helping my diabetes community. My plans after graduation are to find work in endocrinology research or for a Diabetic supply company.   Each year our Chapter hosts a campus tour from a diabetes… Read more
Glucagon Series Sponsored by Xeris Pharmaceuticals, Inc. & Lilly Diabetes.  Prompt: Blog 3: Student/Caregiver Relationship: As new rescue options emerge, the trust between us will grow. How does the risk of severe hypoglycemia affect your relationship with your caregiver? 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… 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
Glucagon Series Sponsored by Xeris Pharmaceuticals, Inc. & Lilly Diabetes: Blog #1 - 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
It wasn’t even a year old when my parents got the news that would change my life forever. At 11 months old, I got diagnosed with type one diabetes. Since then, almost 19 years later, there has not been a day where diabetes hasn’t been on my mind. I was lucky to grow up with extremely supportive friends and family which made fighting this disease much easier. For the most part, I lived a normal life. I was fortunate to never be left out or forgotten about, and I can thank my parents a lot for… Read more
Were you diagnosed as a young adult, too? Check out our Guide for Young Adults Newly Diagnosed with T1D! Editor's note: friend of CDN and athlete Carly Lenett interviewed Kendall Simmons, a former NFL player with T1D about his diagnosis as a young adult and his tips for college & T1D.  CL: I wanted to talk with you a bit about your diagnosis and how you adjusted to this new reality. You were 23, so you pretty much had your whole routine down and had just entered the NFL. Did you feel… Read more
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