Coming to college in August after having only being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) a year prior was frightening, and I felt a sense of being alone. I longed for a sense of togetherness and to know that no, I am not alone. I resonated with CDN’s motto “on your own, but not alone,” and decided to take on the responsibility of founding the WashU Chapter of the College Diabetes Network.
Juliann Burkett (The College of New Jersey, Class of 2020) I have been a diabetic for over 8 years. I was diagnosed as a small, shy eleven-year-old. My dad is also type 1 so I was used to seeing the needles, working a pump, treating lows, and the smell of insulin, but never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that one day all of those things would apply to me. I had my dad as my support system, or as we say, my “dia-buddy”, but I was the only diabetic in my grade from the time I was diagnosed… Read more
Natalie Hurlbut, University Of Vermont CDN Chapter If somebody were to just look at the College Diabetes Network retreat without knowing much about it, they would see 25 diabetic students from 18 states that attend 25 different colleges flying, driving, and taking trains to Logan International Airport in Boston, MA. You would also see them awaiting Dan (whom we all thought was at least 65) for a five day retreat in Maine to talk all about diabetes. They would probably also consider us a bunch… Read more
I have recently learned that one of the most difficult things about running a club in college is pushing the word out in your campus community about it. Almost every single person from the fall 2017 semester that was a part of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Chapter that I am president of had either graduated, or had started things like student teaching, and didn’t have enough time to be a part of the club anymore. So when I was passed down the torch to become the next leader of the… 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
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University of Rochester- Lindsey Our College Diabetes Network (CDN) Chapter at the University of Rochester received a CDN grant to help fund our Yoga and Smoothies Study Break! At our school, during our “reading period” between the end of classes and the start of finals, student clubs host study breaks with free food and relaxing activities. Our Chapter wanted to host one so we could promote the importance of being healthy in both body and mind, especially during the stressful time of finals.… Read more