Don’t forget about our Campus Tour on October 26 from 1-5PM at UGA!
We are so excited to post our September 2014 Newsletter! We appreciate everyone’s collaboration for our second newsletter!
Thanks from all of us at D4D!
We are so excited to present our invitations to the first Campus Tour we are hosting on Sunday, October 26 from 1-5PM in Tate Grand Hall at the University of Georgia. More details to come! You don’t have to want to go to UGA to attend- we’ll connect you to the College Diabetes Network. We invite families impacted by Diabetes to attend our tour, receive information and resources, attend panels, and so much more.
Please RSVP by October 8 at 5PM.
If you have any questions or thoughts, please email us at email@example.com.
Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
By : Kelsey Rogowski
“You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” – Dr. Seuss
Whenever I hear people mention this iconic Dr. Seuss book, my mind starts racing and thinking of all the ways this book describes this wild and crazy journey called life. It’s not just a children’s book with some awesome lines, but in reality, it’s an extensive collection of inspiring rhymes that have helped shape who I am and who I want to be.
Having been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 7, this was nothing new for my family and me. My sister had been diagnosed with Type 1 12 years before, and we would soon have 2 more to be diagnosed in the next 4 years. To count, that is 4 children with Type 1 Diabetes in one family. And yes, there is the one lone child without it and no previous family history. It’s absolutely a diabetes overload in our house, but we all deal with it differently and find ways to keep living our lives.
I was 15 when I went to diabetes camp for the first time. Although I had gone to different types of camps for years, I thought diabetes camp would be this lame place with no fun activities and people who ONLY talked about diabetes. I threw a fit, but still ended up going to camp, and thank goodness I did. I had no idea what an amazing diabetes community I could be a part of. Diabetes has opened an incredible amount of doors for me: friendships, memories, and inspiration for what I want to do in life.
Friendships: The diabetes community is like a web, always meeting new people and finding new connections. These friends are my rock in life. They understand the highs and lows, the annoyances, and the downright funny “only people with diabetes will understand” moments. It’s amazing what such a crummy disease can do to bring people together and foster incredible friendships. I always know that these are the people I can go to when I need a laugh, or even just a juice!
Memories: There are some memories that are made with friends with diabetes that cannot be made elsewhere. These strong-willed hilarious people have nothing to hide. We can talk loudly about diabetes out celebrating our dia-birthdays, girls nights with my dia-dinner ladies, or help out by passing some “shots” to a friend in need. These memories with friends are ones that I will cherish forever with friends I know we will always have something in common.
Inspiration: If I had to use one word to describe the diabetes community as a whole, it would be strong-willed. However, on a micro level, each person is unique and brings an amazing attribute to each gathering. People with diabetes do not let diabetes run their lives, but rather use it as a quality, a factor, that greatly influences their lives. In fact, diabetes can be seen as the fueling the fire and a reason to pursue greatness in everyday life. Diabetes has allowed me to find my passion in helping others that deal with chronic illnesses on a daily basis. It has allowed me to meet some of the top professionals in the healthcare industry, and some of the most passionate and philanthropic people in the world. With the support of my friends and inspiration of the diabetes community, I have become a stronger and more passionate person in my everyday life, and I have diabetes to thank for that.
Don’t get me wrong, diabetes has its highs and lows, but the value of having an amazing diabetes community that has supported and inspired me along the way is PRICELESS. I wouldn’t give it up for anything. When that day comes where a cure comes along and we’ve all gone separate ways in life, I may not have diabetes anymore, but I know one thing: my diabetes family is forever.
“You’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So… get on your way!” – Dr. Seuss
Kelsey, 24, is currently pursuing her Master of Public Health in Epidemiology at Emory University. After receiving her undergraduate degree from Georgia Tech in 2012, she took some time to travel abroad and spend a summer working at Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge,Georgia. She’s been living with Type 1 for 17 years and has been attending Camp Kudzu for 10 years.
Watch out for our September Newsletter coming out in a few weeks!