College Diabetes Network plans World Diabetes Day celebration

The College Diabetes Network hopes to use an upcoming game night to educate students about diabetes and what it's like to be diabetic. Groups can find out more information about the event at the open meeting on Nov. 6.

The College Diabetes Network chapter at SFA, Lumberbetics, will be celebrating World Diabetes Month on Nov. 14, World Diabetes Day, with a game event at Surfin’ Steve. The game will imitate Cranium, a trivia board game. The game will educate students on diabetes. Students are encouraged to register to join the game. Students may join in groups of four to six. A team is $15 per group. The game will begin at 6 p.m.

“This is an invisible illness,” the president of CDN, Kacey Creel, senior food nutrition major from Madisonville, said.

“It’s an invisible disability. You don’t really look at a person and know that they have diabetes. Type two, you can get it from just genetics. You don’t have to be overweight. That’s what this month is shining on.”

As a person with diabetes, Creel said the month is special to her, especially to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. JDRF uses the month of November to raise as much money as possible. The proceeds of the donations go to finding a cure for type one diabetes specifically. According to the JDRF website, “We know an equal amount of children and adults are diagnosed every day—approximately 110 people per day” and “nearly 85% of people living with the disease are over age 18.”

“Whenever I post on Facebook, my fundraiser page, I get so many people commenting about just admiring what I go through,” Creel said. “It’s a good month to get that refresher to keep going.”

Mikayla Dohmann, vice president of Lumberbetics and sophomore nursing major from Allen, was diagnosed with type one diabetes when she was 10 years old.

“That really affected me, just being a kid and going through puberty,” Dohmann said. “That was really hard. A lot of it is predicting how your blood sugars will act when you work out, when you eat, when you’re stressed, when you’re sick, when you’re on your period.”

Although in the past few years, Dohmann has been able to keep her blood sugars down, the struggle of dealing with type one diabetes still follows. Dohmann said her goal this month is to help educate people on diabetes and what it’s like living with diabetes.

“Depression and anxiety comes with diabetes,” Dohmann said. “Being in class [with] your sugar being off and your pump going off, getting funny looks, going to airports and going through security. It affects every part of my life.”

Jennifer Janovsky, sophomore math major from Rockwall, is a member of the organization and has type one diabetes.

“People think take a pill and you’re fine, but you have to constantly watch your blood sugar and constantly interact to make sure you don’t die,” Janovsky said. “It’s life threatening.”

Creel, president of Lumberbetics, said that the University has a lot of health care majors.

“Learning in class about diabetes is completely different than actually having it,” Creel said. “We are not a textbook disease. I feel that the only way for our future healthcare providers to actually learn what it is to have type one, type two, is to know someone with it and to hear what they go through. I would love to teach [others] what it is to have it and raise awareness.”

At 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 6, The College Diabetes Network at SFA will meet at the Student Recreation Center. The meeting will be open to the public.

As of press time, three groups have signed up to the game night at Surfin’ Steve. To sign up to attend the game night, students can email Kacey Creel at sfasu@collegediabetesnetwork.org.

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