Off to College

Q: How do you bring up the fact that you have diabetes around peers and friends in college?   Brandon: It is important that most people you are regularly around know that you have diabetes, and know what to do in emergency situations; however, I don’t believe that there is any specific way to bring it up. For the most part, the fact that I have diabetes just comes out in normal conversation. The biggest thing to remember is that you can’t be shy about telling people that you have diabetes… Read more
By now, most everyone is aware of the advantages of diabetic alert dogs (DAD). Pre-symptomatic alerts on high and low blood sugars alleviate worry about the rollercoaster ride that is blood glucose levels and nighttime lows are less of a concern. I don’t need to tell you about the security or relief I feel with my DAD in hand, but there is a lot more to life with a DAD than the benefits of easier blood sugar management. You surely know why you might want one, but what is the everyday reality of… Read more
After a long summer break, it can be hard to get back into the swing of classes and extracurricular activities. Add diabetes into the mix of starting up college life again and things can get crazy! Check out these helpful tips to help you start your school year off right: Stock up on Supplies In the midst of packing up your clothes and school supplies, remember to pack up diabetes supplies too! Make sure you have plenty of supplies to get you started in the school year. If you can, try to… Read more
Editor’s note: Emma was a CDN Intern last summer and has been blogging about her experiences with the college search and application process with T1D! Check out her previous blogs. About interning at CDN Touring Colleges with T1D in Mind Hi everyone! My name is Emma, I’ve had T1D since I was three, and I am a recent high school graduate. Last summer, I spent the summer interning with CDN and have been blogging about my journey through the college process. Decision day was May 1st, which… Read more
For 10 years, I have been living with type 1 diabetes (T1D). Diabetes isn’t always a visible disease; its hidden in purses while checking blood sugar, or crawling out of bed by yourself to chug milk at 3 am. Through all these moments, I have become accustomed to the solitude of my disease and relying on myself to get through the issues and struggles of having T1D. This had been my life for 10 years, letting a few people in throughout the years, but keeping my true life and feelings towards… Read more
I was diagnosed with T1D when I was three years old. That was almost fourteen years ago, and I am currently a senior in high school. Over the summer, I interned at the College Diabetes Network (CDN) headquarters in Boston. After my internship, I shifted my focus into my college applications. Like every other part of my life, diabetes had to be factored into my choices. My first college tour was during the summer before my junior year. In the year and a half since then, I can honestly say that… Read more
Congratulations! If you’re reading this then you got through the hardest part -- your T1D child’s first semester of college! The first break home is an exciting time for both you and your child, but it shouldn’t be ruined by unnecessary arguments over diabetes care. WHAT TO EXPECT THEIR SELF CARE PLAN HAS CHANGED By the time your child comes home for break, there have been at least two months of time independently managing their diabetes. During that time, it is likely they have developed… Read more
HANNAH CAUDILL, MIAMI UNIVERSITY CHAPTER LEADER Editor's note: this blog was originally written by Hannah and posted on the Miami University CDN Chapter blog. Check it out here.  • • • Let me start this post off with a short story. On my second day after moving out for college, I was at a talk about leadership. I was, begrudgingly, taking out my meter to test my blood sugar before (okay, you caught me, 3/4 of the way through) my meal when another student in the room said, “Hey!  Is that a… Read more
Sophomore year of high school -T1D student questions How was sophomore year different than freshman year? This year was easier to manage and less stressful. Learning to juggle honors classes and varsity basketball was a challenge but I am learning the importance of independence and planning for college, so I have to figure it out. What was harder and what was easier? I still have honors classes, but they were much easier to handle now that high school isn’t so new. I don’t have to feel like an… Read more
When I woke up on my first day of college, I had this wonderful, idyllic picture of what the next few months were going to look like. I was going to have a 4.0, work part time, go to the gym every morning, and to top it all off, lower my A1C. Heck, I was even going to exfoliate on a regular basis. In retrospect, my naivety is laughable. The first week of classes was manageable, but by the second, the sheer amount of work that I was facing seemed to be insurmountable. I thought that I had dealt… Read more
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