I loved college. I attended a small, liberal arts school, and had a fantastic experience. I wouldn’t trade those memories for the world.
My diabetes was definitely on the back burner. I mean, I didn’t totally ignore it. But I didn’t go out of my way to accommodate the disease either. My friends knew, and my roommates had the if-I-pass-out-call-911 talk, but that was about it. My A1cs were ok, but definitely could have been better.
There weren’t many times that diabetes affected my classes or work. And when it did, I was lucky to be at such a small school. I knew all my professors on a first name basis, and they were wonderful and understanding.
But still. I wish I’d known about the rights and protections I was guaranteed as a student with Type 1 Diabetes. And I wish I’d known I wasn’t alone.
Tomorrow night, Wednesday February 5th, 2014, there is a free webinar addressing those things, among others: “Know Your Rights- For College Students With Diabetes.” My friend Sara is helping to present the info, along with the American Diabetes Association and College Diabetes Network.
If you or someone you know is facing college and diabetes, please register and join them tomorrow. Know your rights. And that you’re not alone.