CDBC Camper 3 years
Favorite Camp Memory
It is so hard to pick one distinct favorite memory from camp! I remember how amazing it was to feel like I had a break from diabetes management for a week. The endocrinologists would advise basal rate changes daily and insulin doses before each meal. Every other week of the year I had to constantly make judgments about diabetes care, but at Chris Dudley Basketball Camp I had so much support in all aspects of my health.
What did you learn about diabetes at camp?
I learned the importance of nutrition in diabetes management. Diligently monitoring carbs and eating low carb meals to limit blood sugar spike. I also learned that you can achieve anything if you have diabetes, you just have to try harder!
Do you stay in contact with anyone you met while attending camp?
I stayed in contact with some fellow campers via social media.
What is your advice for present or future campers?
Being highly active with Type 1 Diabetes is a challenge, but worth the reward. To achieve what you want with diabetes requires planning, dedication and a positive attitude. Following those guidelines I played for my high school's basketball team during my time at Dudley camp. As well, this last year I hiked for multiple days in the Andes mountains to Machu Picchu where there was little to no access to medical care.
Where are you now?!
Since I last attended camp 8 years ago, I graduated from North Park University in Chicago with a BA in Biology. A month ago I returned from living in Peru teaching English for 8 months in the city of Cusco. I currently live in Denver and will be pursuing my master's in teaching next fall. I am also getting married next summer to my amazing and beautiful fiancé, Rachel!
"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!
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