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.
What struck me was how brave and strong these kids could be at such a young age. Having been diagnosed at 17, I did not have to grow up from being a toddler to an adult as quickly as these kids. While we were coloring, a mother came over to check her little girl’s pump. It was tucked into a fanny pack that I was completely unaware that she was wearing. Seeing her mother check her pump made me feel a connection. It made me feel as if in this place, none of us were alone.