Off to College

Editor's note: This is the second in an ongoing series of posts by Oliver Shane, who is a high school student with type 1 diabetes. Hello everyone, I’m finally a sophomore at William T. Dwyer High School. While technically still a high schooler, I’m also a college student at Palm Beach State College through the power of dual enrollment. With dual enrollment, the back-to-school experience from the perspective of a diabetic student is not quite that of a high schooler or a full-time college… Read more
Type 1 diabetes (T1D) makes us all different; different in a good way, an interesting way, and sometimes in a not-so-good way. I actively fought against being different as I grew up with type 1. I hid my T1D until I was in high school, running to the nurse’s office for injections, blood glucose readings, and anything remotely related to my type 1. I refused to carry around a purse or bag with my supplies, dramatically hiding it in a pencil case so none of my classmates would know my pancreas no… Read more
My name is Bailey Cox, and I am a junior at Clemson University in South Carolina. I am a marketing major with an economics minor, and I am the co-president and founder of Clemson’s current College Diabetes Network Chapter. I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age ten and started using the Dexcom CGM at age 15. Initially, I was hesitant to share my blood sugars with others because I did not want to feel inadequate and lose my independence in controlling my own blood sugars. I agreed to… Read more
College holds many new experiences for students, including socializing, partying, and for some, alcohol. These new experiences may hold challenges for students with T1D since alcohol can cause hypoglycemia. Certain drinks contain carbohydrates, which can rapidly raise blood sugar. Despite this, alcohol consumption causes an increase in insulin secretion which can lead to lows - particularly when you are bolusing extra to correct high blood sugar. Many mixed drinks or wines can cause a rapid… Read more
In the Fall of 2018, I was going into my Freshman year of college at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. It is a small school nestled between Milwaukee and Chicago overlooking Lake Michigan. When going into college, it is easy to lose sight of how diabetes plays a huge factor in the transition from high school to college. Personally, I was too busy figuring out my dorm decorations and talking with my roommate about how we were going to arrange our dorm room. It was in my freshman… Read more
Editor's note: This blog is part of our Feeling 100! initiative, learn more here.  Oh no! Your blood sugar is low on campus. No fear! Your hypoglycemic compass is here! Here are a few tips to help you dodge the drop: Always have low snacks ready Personally, I use pencil pouches that I use to store mints and peanut crackers. I can have the supplies I need and be discrete.
Editor's note: This is cross-posted from CDN Chapter member Shanley's blog. This blog post is a bit different from my standard college articles, but I try to write about what’s on my mind and what I think it could benefit others to read. You may not know that, in addition to celiac disease (hence my gluten-free food posts), I was diagnosed with type one diabetes almost ten years ago now. You’re welcome to look it up if you want more information from a medical professional, but being type one… Read more
My name is Christina, and I am the Director of Development and Social Media Chair for Dawgs for Diabetes, the CDN Chapter at The University of Georgia (UGA). I am a Senior at UGA, and I will graduate in May of 2021 with a degree in Nutritional Sciences. As a type 1 for six years, I am passionate about helping my diabetes community. My plans after graduation are to find work in endocrinology research or for a Diabetic supply company.   Each year our Chapter hosts a campus tour from a diabetes… Read more
Glucagon Series Sponsored by Xeris Pharmaceuticals, Inc. & Lilly Diabetes.  Prompt: Blog 3: Student/Caregiver Relationship: As new rescue options emerge, the trust between us will grow. How does the risk of severe hypoglycemia affect your relationship with your caregiver? Disclaimer: This blog is part of a series of blogs written by CDN students, alumni, and parents. CDN is committed to ensuring that young adults have the information they need to make informed choices about their… Read more
Tell us a little about your diabetes story. When were you diagnosed? What was it like if you remember? I was diagnosed just three months after my younger brother, Mark, 42 years ago way back in 1978. With no technology or standardized devices, on top of the assumption that most juvenile diabetes cases were almost exclusively hereditary, I was instructed by my family physician to check my “glucose” on a urine strip every week and report back if the color darkened or fell outside the normal… Read more
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