Where are they now? An Interview with CDN Alumna, Charlotte Pillow & Hannah (Bucklin) Lynn

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Crystal Diaz & Charlotte Pillow & Hannah (Bucklin) Lynn

Editor's Note: Our 2021 NextGen Fellows interviewed some of our CDN alumni. We will be featuring these interviews each month in 2022!

I had the wonderful opportunity to interview Charlotte Pillow who graduated from CDN’s NextGen program in 2019. Charlotte was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 9 in 2006 and grew up attending diabetes camp surrounded by girls her age and counselors she could look up to. When she started college at the University of Rochester, she wanted something similar to those childhood experiences and joined the CDN Chapter her freshman year. As a sophomore, Charlotte served as her CDN’s Chapter president and focused on engaging the community through glucagon emergency training events and socials.

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Through the NextGen fellowship, she attended the AADE Annual Conference in 2018, where she learned about different career pathways. Her participation in CDN taught her that her values and interests are in helping others. Charlotte graduated from the University of Rochester with her Bachelor’s in Public Health and is currently an orthopedic nurse at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Because of what she learned attending the AADE Annual Conference, Charlotte plans to enter the education side of nursing, while most RNs naturally progress into becoming nurse practitioners. Her useful tip for traveling with type 1 is to make a pre-packaged kit that is ready to go for all adventures!

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"Her participation in CDN taught her that her values and interests are in helping others."

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I also had the amazing opportunity to interview Hannah (Bucklin) Lynn, who was significantly involved in the early stages of the national expansion of CDN as an organization. Hannah was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 6 in 2001. She started the first CDN Chapter at the University of Pennsylvania and served as the president for all four years. Hannah was one of the first two students to help build what CDN would look like on a national level and served as the co-chair of the National Student Advisory Committee. She helped set up local chapters within the Philadelphia area and plan the first Student Advisory Committee retreat with 20 Chapter leaders from across the country. 

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"Through her experiences with CDN, she was able to build connections with physicians and other scientists in research."

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Through her experiences with CDN, she was able to build connections with physicians and other scientists in research. Her national and local leadership experiences with CDN gave her the opportunity to get involved and build her applications to MD/PhD programs. Hannah graduated from the four-year Bachelor’s-Master’s program at the University of Pennsylvania in 2016, double majoring in biochemistry and biophysics and getting her Master’s degree in chemistry. She is currently in year six of the MD/PhD program at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and works in the lab of Dr. Jeffrey Gordon, the pioneer in studying the relationship between the gut microbiota and overall human health. Hannah has stayed connected with CDN by keeping updated through CDN newsletters and Facebook. Her trick for hypo’s on-the-go is to put your juice box in a gallon-sized ziplock bag so they don’t explode in your backpack!