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Scholarship Recipient Spotlight: Aidan Fernandez

Diagnosed with T1D at the age of 13, Aidan Fernandez is about as well rounded as they come. Now 18, Aidan is graduating from Duncan U. Fletcher High School with above a 4.0 GPA. While maintaining his grades, he has lead the varsity baseball team, served as a counselor at the American Diabetes Association’s Camp JADA, coached youth sports, tutored students in math, and worked at the YMCA. Oh, did we mention he’s bilingual? 

In short, Aidan is a force. He is an invaluable representative of the type 1 community and will undoubtedly add a great deal to the University of Florida, where he aspires to major in biomedical engineering...and one day become a pediatric endocrinologist. 

Here, we share some of Aidan’s insights from his Every Step Counts Application. Congratulations, Aidan! 

Chris Snider: Tidepool by Day, "Just Talking" Podcast by Night

Chris Snider: Tidepool by Day, "Just Talking" Podcast by Night

Tidepool is a powerful data collection and analysis tool. One that will change the way individuals with diabetes can integrate data and contribute that data to change the way we live with diabetes in the future. Exciting stuff. 

I found out about Tidepool from Chris Snider at the JDRF TypeOneNation Research Summit-- he was representing Tidepool while I speaking on balancing sports and T1D management. Not only is Chris the Community Manager for Tidepool, but he also has T1D himself and hosts a podcast: Just Talking. I even got the opportunity to sit down with Chris and talk about med school, The Marathon We Live, running the Boston Marathon, and cheering for the Washington Capitals.

Here, Chris shares Tidepool's mission, uses, and future directions.

When Your Dia-Bestie Asks You to Run Your First Marathon...And It's Boston

When Your Dia-Bestie Asks You to Run Your First Marathon...And It's Boston

Seemingly out of the blue, Angela asked if I had interest in running Boston 2018 with an Abbott bib. No qualifying required. Just a heck of a lot of training and using the Freestyle Libre flash glucose monitoring system to help manage my glucose throughout. She also asked if I knew another T1D athlete who would be willing to do the program….a.k.a. do you have any other athletic, just-crazy-enough friends with T1D who would agree to run the Boston Marathon?

I immediately thought of Pat. He hadn’t run a marathon yet, but was determined and had done plenty of running around the soccer field. Wouldn’t hurt to ask…

Turns out, Pat had already been training for a half, but Boston was on his bucket list. He said he would think about it…which really didn’t take all too long. Pat was in.

He rose to the occasion and I couldn’t be happier to have him by my side (before passing me) at the Boston Marathon on April 16th. Here we sit down with Pat to get an idea of his training, balancing T1D, and what he’s most excited about for Boston 2018.

 

Annalisa van den Bergh: What Cycling Really, Really Far Taught Us About Our Type 1 Diabetes

Annalisa van den Bergh: What Cycling Really, Really Far Taught Us About Our Type 1 Diabetes

Erik and I only did one true training ride before cycling across the country on Adventure Cycling’s TransAmerica Trail. Around this time a year ago, we hopped on the Metro-North with a few friends from our type 1 diabetes Meetup group and headed to Peekskill, New York...
 
...Both of our blood sugars kept dropping and it seemed no amount of granola bars and gummy bears would keep our numbers stable. 
 
We stopped. 
 
We ate. 
 
We stopped.
 
We ate.
 
We stopped.
 
We ate.
 
You get it.

Medical IDs, T1D Moms, and...Discount on RoadID!

Medical IDs, T1D Moms, and...Discount on RoadID!

My mom was also in the audience (such a treat!). Her hand shot up. 

"Were you wearing your medical ID when you got stranded?" 

The answer is...no...I was not. To me, the most interesting part of that story was lack of strategy. To my mom, it was the fact that a very simple solution could have protected me if the situation escalated. Mercifully, a car drove by and I was able to get a ride back to campus to treat my low. But what if I had passed out and was not able to communicate that I had T1D? 

I took a quick poll to see who was wearing a medical ID. Out of 50 teens, less than half were wearing medical IDs. Why not? Clunkiness. Perception of "coolness." Forgetting to put them back on. All relatable reasons. When I was not wearing my ID, all of these factors came into play.

Inspiration Among Us: Alex Reidy

Inspiration Among Us: Alex Reidy

Diagnosed just before her junior year of college, Alex has embraced life with T1D to empower and inspire others. In addition to working as JDRF’s Development Coordinator the for Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Chapter, Alex ran for Team JDRF in the 2017 New York City Marathon.  She shares her T1D experiences with a dose of humor on her awesome blog: Iced Coffee and Insulin. Here we (virtually) sit down with Alex to pick her brain about living with T1D, empowerment, and advocacy.