Conference Recaps

I have had type one diabetes (T1D) for fourteen years. Since my diagnosis, I have always known that I wanted to become a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) to educate and encourage others that they can thrive with this chronic disease. My goal has always been to have a long term positive impact on the health and well-being of others. By specializing in the field of diabetes, I can help improve the quality of life of others. I think that my personal experiences and knowledge living with this… Read more
My time at the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) conference in Houston, Texas was incredible and I learned so much in such a short amount of time. I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) at age 3 and ever since then, I have wanted nothing more than to get involved and give back to the diabetes community. The AADE conference provided insight on how to structure my education and career path in order to ultimately give back to the Diabetes community by becoming a pediatric… Read more
A Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) (or now known as Diabetes Care and Education Specialist) is a health care provider that cares for people with diabetes in the totality of the patient. This goes much deeper than just looking at an A1C and changing a basal rate based on numbers. In my eyes, a CDE is a nurse, dietitian, and counselor in one. They dedicate a huge portion of their practice to helping people with diabetes to be as healthy and happy as possible, and this is exactly the reason why I… Read more
My time at the ADA 79th Scientific Sessions can be described in one word: incredible. While attending the conference with The College Diabetes Network, myself and the other five NextGen Leaders had the opportunity to network with people working in the diabetes sector as well as professionals in each of our fields of interest. Before flying to San Francisco, I had no idea what to expect out of the conference. I knew we would be working the CDN booth and attending presentation sessions, but I had… Read more
  The Children with Diabetes Friends for Life (FFL) Conference in Orlando, FL gave me not only friends, but experiences for life. The conference was a perfect combination of networking, education, professional development, personal growth and of course, a lot of fun.    Attending my first conference pushed me out of my comfort zone, but in the best way possible. On the very first morning of FFL, we attended an invitational breakfast with clinicians and leading physicians in the diabetes… Read more
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