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 To begin, I want to get a point or two across. First, individuals with type 1 diabetes (T1D) manage their chronic illness and may struggle with it in their own unique way. However, there can definitely be similarities between individuals and their management/struggles, which brings me to my next point: there are many individuals living with T1D who I have met or know of that have struggled with anxiety and depression due to life struggles, but also managing their T1D . To me, this situation seems like a common occurrence among the young adult T1D community and I myself have experience with this situation.During my senior year of high school, I felt as though I was at an all-time low. I was juggling a heavy workload at school, a part-time job, getting ready for college, and managing fluctuating blood sugars from the stress I was under. My A1C ended up rising a little, which really disappointed me. The stress and anxiety became overwhelming to the point where I just felt numb. At this point, I began doing what would make me feel better in the moment. My tactics included blowing off homework in order to get more sleep, putting off...
Recently, the CDN at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) and I planned a fundraiser walk on our campus to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Besides raising money for JDRF, we also wanted to raise awareness of diabetes on campus and to let students know about our student organization. As a newly founded student organization on campus, not a lot of students know about us. Students also don’t realize that diabetes is an illness that college students have at UNH. We wanted to implement an event that would put us on the student radar and to tell our fellow students that diabetes exists on campus!Planning the event was a daunting task at first.  It was hard to know where to start, but with the help of our members and Executive Board, we created multiple techniques to stay on track. We had less than six months to plan the event and we also had to work throughout the summer.  Between everyone working, traveling, and taking summer classes, it was difficult to plan an event over the summer. Our main form of communication was over text message and email. To overcome these challenges, we came up with the...
Starting college reminded me of how I felt when I was first diagnosed with type one diabetes (T1D). Being thrust into a new beginning is terrifying, but while discovering how to fit into a new world, it is vital to realize how diabetes fits in as well. I was diagnosed with T1D two weeks before starting high school. I had only known life with T1D in the context of school, sports, and home in a small town. Diabetes was my own cross to bear but I had support and help everywhere I looked, from parents, to friends, to coaches. Then came the independence and flexibility of college: I was unprepared for how isolated and naïve I would feel being completely on my own. I experienced burnout and denial and because of this, not only did my health take a hit, but my self-confidence did as well. As a sophomore, I now have a year of college under my belt.  The past year has given me a wealth of life experiences I wish I had last year - as well as an overwhelming sense that I still have no idea what I’m doing, which somehow feels just about right for a sophomore...
Hello, College Diabetes Network!My name is Emma Melton and I’m ecstatic to be the newest member of the CDN Board. I’m particularly excited to join this organization to support college students and recent graduates because of my own experience having T1D.I was fourteen when I was diagnosed with T1D, but was familiar with the disease because my younger brother Sam was diagnosed ten years prior. I didn’t realize how much harder T1D would become in college when I moved out of my supportive parents’ house. I struggled to manage my diabetes during all four years as an undergraduate at Harvard. I wish that I had access to a community of other T1Ds going through the same difficult transition.After college, I spent two years as an AmeriCorps teacher before attending law school. As a young adult, I became better at dealing with T1D in stressful environments (like taking the bar exam), while exercising (running half marathons takes careful planning), in the workplace (I always have a stash of juice boxes in my desk drawer!) and in unexpected scenarios (like losing a suitcase when traveling internationally). A key factor in the improvement of my T1D management was sharing my difficulties with friends...
Between finishing assignments, studying for exams, writing reports, staying involved in extracurricular activities, staying in shape, having a social life AND managing diabetes,maintaining a healthy eating regiment is often something that can be pushed to the wayside during college. So, how do you balance your diet while balancing everything else in your life? Here are a few tips that could help keep your eating habits in check:1.      Plan, Plan, and Plan a Little More!With the busy, fluctuating schedules of college students, fitting in time for meals can be hard. This is why planning when you will be eating is SO important for your health! A consistent eating pattern can increase your focus and give your brain the energy that it needs in order to accomplish your tasks at hand. If you know that you will be away from your dorm or apartment, be sure to pack food or bring money so that you will be able to nourish yourself while meeting those deadlines! Planning can be things like meal prep as well. If you know that you will have a busy week, but want to stay healthy in your habits, then you can prepare some food ahead of time....
Name: Jaime, RN on a telemetry unit at Backus Hospital in Norwich, ConnecticutGraduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in May 2017Hi all! My name is Jaime and I’m a new grad tackling Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) in the wild. I’ve been living with T1D for about 6 years and was diagnosed as a sophomore in high school. Finding out that I had a chronic condition at sixteen years old was very hard to deal with. The last thing I wanted to hear was that there was anything about me that might make me different from my peers during a period where I already felt vulnerable trying to fit in. Something unique about my diagnosis experience that made it a little bit easier is that my dad also lives with T1D. For as long as I can remember, our house has been stocked with Diet Coke and my mom was always checking that my dad had “his medicine” wherever we went. Up until my diagnosis, that was the extent of my knowledge of T1D. Having my dad by my side through this experience has helped make the transition a bit easier knowing that he...
As a college student with continuously changing insulin needs as a result of my busy schedule, a patient frustrated by the sluggish speed of the FDA to approve more closed-loop management systems (I am allergic to the Medtronic CGM) and a diabetes nerd, I had always thought of taking matters into my own hands and creating my own device. However, the complicated documentation and programming requirements that I read about online overwhelmed me.  After living with diabetes for 13 years and having recently faced a bout of endless high blood sugars as a result of a cracked insulin pump, I was a bit burned out and ready for a change. At a College Diabetes Network meeting, I met a professor who had set up an OpenAPS closed-loop Artificial Pancreas System. I was in awe! She explained how the system worked and allowed for corrections in her blood sugar without constant user input. I learned that the coding to set up the system was mostly copy and paste and that most of the parts could be purchased on Amazon. As a dedicated Amazon Prime member, I was sold! I realized that this was something that I could handle with a beginner...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECONTACT: Sarah TwomeyCollege Diabetes NetworkSarah@collegediabetesnetwork.org (857)-415-3733 College Diabetes Network Announces Partnership with Xeris PharmaceuticalsBOSTON, MA: The College Diabetes Network (CDN) is excited to announce that Xeris Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical company developing the next generation of injectable drugs that address critical unmet medical needs, has joined CDN as a Corporate Member.Xeris is currently developing multiple forms of a stable glucagon that upon approval can be used in pen form to treat mild to moderate lows, a new form of rescue glucagon for emergency hypoglycemia, and in upcoming closed-loop systems.College Diabetes Network (CDN) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide innovative peer based programs which connect and empower students and young professionals to thrive with diabetes. “We are very excited to partner with Xeris Pharmaceuticals. CDN enjoys working with companies that offer innovative new therapies which will improve the lives of people with diabetes.” says Christina Roth, CEO and Founder of the College Diabetes Network. ”As one of the few companies working to introduce a stable glucagon solution to PWDs, we are honored to get the chance to have the voice of our young adult members help to drive this innovation.”“At a crossroads with many new decisions, experiences, and responsibilities,...
Editor’s note: Dexcom is a CDN Corporate Member. To learn more about Dexcom click here, and to learn more about Corporate Membership click here. Freshman year of college is both super exciting and terrifying...and that’s without type 1 diabetes (T1D). Starting college presents a new opportunity to change everything about yourself. You are given the chance to be whoever you want to be. Chances are no one is going to know the old you anyway. Unfortunately, one of the changes that came with my college transition was a dramatic rise in my blood sugars. Luckily for me, I had started using the Dexcom two years before my first day of school. While working at a Diabetes camp, I noticed how much it helped when the campers had Dexcoms so I decided it would be good for me to try - And I haven’t stopped using it since. If you are new to college, let me caution you: there are more carbs in college food than regular food. I often joke that the dining staff sprinkle extra carbs in just to mess with the T1D’s, and even though my school has nutritional information online, it was quite the guessing game when it came...
Question:Hi! My daughter is T1D sophomore I really think she could benefit from support & regular meetings with other T1D’s on campus. There is a CDN Chapter on her campus but she is not so outgoing & it’s a small group. How do I get someone to reach out to her? We all know the other girls are struggling too-- this illness is a beast at best. Thank you!Answers:Abbey:First off, I am happy to hear that there is a CDN Chapter on your daughter’s campus, and even more excited you want her to get involved. I go to Rowan University in New Jersey. Coming in as a freshman, I knew I wanted to get involved, but I just didn’t know how! It just so happened that there was not a CDN chapter on Rowan’s campus, so I started one. It has been one of the best things that has happened in my college career. I know as a Chapter leader that it is difficult to find every diabetic and reach out to them. I would if I could, but there are rules at my campus that stop me from getting names of students with type one. Your daughter’s school may...

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