Looking Back at 2018 and Forward to 2019

Hello and happy new year! It’s been awhile! I hope your 2019 is off to a great start and the year brings many great things to come.

The new year is always a time of gratefulness and reflection, which is exactly what this post is about.

We are grateful for all the support the Every Step Counts Scholarship Program received in its first year. We had an over-abundance of great applicants who already show incredible leadership in the T1D community. The scholarship recipients completed their first semesters of college, continued on in their junior and senior years, and one even competed at the World Trampoline and Tumbling Championships (shoutout to Brandon!).

One of my goals moving forward is to grow the program so that we can raise the number and amount of scholarships. This goal is currently in the works with a collaboration that should be ready to announce in the coming weeks. With that said, the application should open up later this winter (~February). It will rock. You will be happy.

Running toward the finish line of a very rainy 2018 Boston Marathon

Running toward the finish line of a very rainy 2018 Boston Marathon

2018 was also a big year personally within the T1D community. I published my first book, teamed with Abbott to run the Boston Marathon, and presented at Diabetes DESTINY as well as Children with Diabetes’ Friends for Life Conference in Orlando. Throughout all those experiences, I was constantly reminded of the incredible people in the T1D community…ones who are Olympic-level skiers, course testers for American Ninja Warrior, renowned country singers, power lifters, authors, advocates, and more. Working with youth and their families also reminded me how important personal connections are to one’s health and why I want to pursue a career in medicine.

Two thumbs up at the White Coat Ceremony held for first-year medical students and their families

Two thumbs up at the White Coat Ceremony held for first-year medical students and their families

Speaking of which, I started medical school at the UVA School of Medicine in August of 2018…the reason for my lack of updates (that’s the story and I’m sticking to it). The first thing that comes to mind when I think of medical school is my classmates. They are some of the kindest, most perceptive people I have ever met. And incredibly incredibly SHARP...while still somehow balancing school with their passions of art, poetry, athletics, and spending time together. I am lucky to be surrounded by such a supportive and inspiring group as I strive to become the best doctor I can be.

With that said, it’s time to get back to anatomy prep! Thanks for reading!

Wishing you a healthy and exciting 2019,

Courtney