CALLING ALL PAST CDBC CAMPERS!
"Where Are They Now" is a monthly feature article showcasing past Chris Dudley Basketball Camp campers, now young adults with type 1 diabetes living active lives and following their dreams!
CDBC CAMPER 6 YEARS
CDBC STAFF 4 YEARS
Favorite Camp Memory?
I know this is cliché but one of my favorite camp memories would have to be Pass the Ball at the end of camp, singing our hearts out to "The Lucky Few". Another one of my favorite camp memories is always Campers vs. Staff Capture the Flag. Everyone gets really into it with their war paint it's always a great time!
Did you learn anything at camp about your diabetes?
When I was a camper, I used to only put pump sites in my stomach, which I know is not great, but when I was at camp, all the other campers inspired me to try new sites like my arm or leg.
Camp was also one of the first places where I learned about the Dexcom CGM and the T-Slim Pump. Both of those devices have definitely improved my diabetes care and have overall lowered my A1C.
Do you st
ay in touch with anyone you met through camp?
Absolutely! I stay in contact with a lot of different people from camp throughout the year. For example, I talk to Maggie Anthony regularly on the phone. She is always there if I am having a bad day or just need someone to talk to who understands Type 1. Gayle Yost visited Baltimore a couple years ago while I was going to school down there, and we met up for some coffee. Most recently, I moved to Washington, D.C. this past year and I was able to catch up with two CDBC alum, Ellen Esterhay and Garrett Jensen, who were in D.C. at the time.
What is your advice for present or future campers?
If you're a first time camper, take it all in because the week goes by so fast and before you know it, it's Friday morning and you won't want to leave. If you're a returning camper, talk to someone you haven't talked to before and get to know someone new.
Where are you now?!
I recently graduated from Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore, Maryland with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and a minor in International Business. Since graduating, I moved to Washington, D.C. and I have been working as a staffer in a Congressional office.
We want to hear from YOU! How are you thriving with diabetes?! Where has life taken you? For more information and to sign up, email Gayle Yost at firstname.lastname@example.org.