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  1. Allison
    Allison August 24, 2012 at 4:11 am | | Reply

    Woooo congrats. I think you have a great point that we really need to be educated about diabetes in order to teach others as a medical professional – not just live through our experience. However, I have a CDE for the first time in YEARS and love the fact that she’s type 1 because she gets things better than my endo does (or any endo ever has) – she knows it’s way more complicated than just the numbers on the screen, for which I am grateful :)

  2. Ginger Vieira
    Ginger Vieira August 24, 2012 at 5:03 am | | Reply

    Congrats on the big decision, Allison! Your future patients are gonna be lucky, lucky, lucky to have you on their team.

  3. marge stromberg
    marge stromberg August 24, 2012 at 5:35 am | | Reply

    Follow your dream! It will be a hard path to get there, but well worth the cost (not only in $$, but in learning and giving yourself to people).

  4. Gina
    Gina August 24, 2012 at 5:57 am | | Reply

    Good Luck Allison on your new journey!

  5. Scott Strange
    Scott Strange August 24, 2012 at 6:25 am | | Reply

    Way to go, Allison! I think you’ll make a great CDE!

  6. Melissa
    Melissa August 24, 2012 at 6:33 am | | Reply

    Good luck Allison! It’s really an inspiration knowing that even though I already have a Bachelor’s degree and a “real” job, I could still pursue more of my dreams later down the road. Looking forward to your updates on the journey!

  7. Scott S
    Scott S August 24, 2012 at 6:39 am | | Reply

    Wow, Allison, Congratulations! It’s phenomenal to have one of our own joining the ranks of CDEs! Best of luck and I hope you’ll keep us posted on your progress via your personal blog!

  8. Chris Stocker
    Chris Stocker August 24, 2012 at 6:55 am | | Reply

    Wow, congrats on pursuing the new career. Best of luck to you.

  9. Denise
    Denise August 24, 2012 at 7:00 am | | Reply

    I have a feeling someday you will combine your passions and write the next great book about managing D! Very best of luck.

  10. k2
    k2 August 24, 2012 at 7:01 am | | Reply

    Allison – Congrats & good for you!!! The world needs more CDEs and I know you will do well!

  11. riva
    riva August 24, 2012 at 7:01 am | | Reply

    Fantastic news for all your future patients, kudos. It’s a sweet thing (pun intended ;-) ] to go after your dream. You will be an amazing resource!

  12. victoria
    victoria August 24, 2012 at 7:10 am | | Reply

    Congrats on the decision Allison! Oddly enough, I have some journalist friends who went back to school for nursing. The two years were tough for them, but they all said it was worth it! Good for you, following your dream! Proud of you!

  13. Lisa
    Lisa August 24, 2012 at 7:27 am | | Reply

    Congratulations, Allison. I’m sure it was a hard decision to make but one that will be rewarding in the end! I hope that when you come back here to write, you talk about how your road to a CDE is going. I have considered it too, and would love to know how it is from personal experience. Maybe you will motivate me to do it!!! Best of luck :)

  14. Leighann of D-Mom Blog
    Leighann of D-Mom Blog August 24, 2012 at 7:28 am | | Reply

    Good luck, Allison!

    Your personal experience with diabetes and your fantastic ability to communicate will make you a terrific CDE.

    I’ll be cheering you on during this journey!

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  16. val
    val August 24, 2012 at 8:01 am | | Reply

    Congrats! We need more CDEWD’s (CDE With Diabetes). You will be awesome at it!

  17. Lyrehca
    Lyrehca August 24, 2012 at 8:06 am | | Reply

    Congrats and good luck!

  18. Bernard Farrell
    Bernard Farrell August 24, 2012 at 8:08 am | | Reply

    Wow Allison, that’s a huge step. But your passion for diabetes and helping folks means you’ll be an EXCELLENT CDE. I wish you smooth sailing on this new course.

  19. Sysy
    Sysy August 24, 2012 at 8:11 am | | Reply

    Way to go Allison! I am always so inspired by people who follow their big dreams and goals. I know you’ll be great!

  20. Terry
    Terry August 24, 2012 at 8:19 am | | Reply

    Allison – Congratulations on starting on a bold and exciting career path!

    While your personal experience with diabetes will not count toward earning your new credentials, it will bring immeasurable meaning and context to your studies. It gives you incredible insight and a huge dose of empathy, something unavailable to your fellow students. This looks like a great plan. Good luck!

  21. Nathan
    Nathan August 24, 2012 at 8:27 am | | Reply

    There is a huge need, and you will be a great one, with your personal and professional experiences! Great!

  22. Kitty Castellini
    Kitty Castellini August 24, 2012 at 8:59 am | | Reply

    Allison, You are a true inspiration to so many PWD. Congratulations and continued success! Your going to be an awesome CDE!

  23. Richard
    Richard August 24, 2012 at 9:25 am | | Reply

    Excellent decision from what I can tell! My wife Joan has had T1 since age 13, now for 51 years, so she has seen many changes in diabetes care. We’ve been married 43 years so I’ve had a front row seat. Having a CDE who also has T1 is major asset. There is credibility and perspective. They are less judgmental knowing, really knowing, how complicated it all is. Also, the insights that come from personal experience with T1, especially over the long haul which is quite different than the initial phase, are invaluable. Finally, Joan finds it rewarding to help others who come to her when they first get T1. In some small way it feels like there is some redeeming value in enduring the disease because she can help others get through it. They are very grateful and occasionally become good friends as well. God bless.

  24. joan
    joan August 24, 2012 at 9:40 am | | Reply

    Congratulations. The best CDE I have had so far is type 1. Having a “shared life experience” (per my perspective) is equally if not more valuable than “shared information.” You go girl!! And – you will be miseed.

  25. Betty Jackson
    Betty Jackson August 24, 2012 at 9:48 am | | Reply

    I think it’s an awesome idea! who better knows about Diabetes then someone who lives with it, that’s why I stick with Gary. I wish you the best and I know you will be the best :) .

  26. chris
    chris August 24, 2012 at 9:52 am | | Reply

    Excellent! It’s clear you know it’s the right decision, which means that it is! Best of luck, and definitely keep us posted.

  27. Mike Ratrie
    Mike Ratrie August 24, 2012 at 10:30 am | | Reply

    Let me add my congratulations! You will be missed here…we will look forward to seeing your guest posts. It will be interesting to see your perspective on the CDE curriculum and ways we could bring more CDEs on board sooner!

    For example, it might be nice to have a way for PWDs to slide into a CDE-like role. I am thinking of a formula like:

    PWD experience + appropriate training = CDE “assistant/practitioner”

  28. June S.
    June S. August 24, 2012 at 3:47 pm | | Reply

    You’ll be wonderful, and we will miss reading your postings here on diabetesmine! BTW, about 20 years ago I had the same aspiration (and every time I see my endo, she says “You would make a great CDE.”) In my case, I had hoped to get my Masters’ degree in Social Work, and then become a CDE. I discovered there was a “Catch 22.” Since, unlike you, I was single, and got my health insurance through my job, I would have lost that health insurance while I did my field work. I had taken one course at Fordham University’s School of Social Work in NYC, and after speaking with an advisor there about field work, I realized I could not safely become a CDE since I needed health insurance and had no other way of obtaining it (I was in my 30′s then.) I then tried the R.N. route, but I had never taken Chemistry in high school, and Math was my worst subject! So -it wasn’t a possibility for me to become a CDE, but it is going to happen for you, and I wish you all the best. You’ll be fantastic as a CDE!

  29. Wendy
    Wendy August 24, 2012 at 6:44 pm | | Reply

    I graduated from nursing school in 1995! Choosing a career in nursing has been of great reward personally, and of great benefit as I quickly learned when I needed some creative flexibility to continue working to provide health insurance for my family without putting my newly dx toddler into a childcare situation that wasn’t equipped to manage her. It meant many, many, MANY (!!!) overnight/weekend/and holiday shifts, but somehow we managed to make it work!

    That being said, I will ALWAYS stand by my position that nursing school did NOT prepare me for the experience of raising a CWD. AT ALL!!!!!

    (Hey, but if anything…those long overnight shifts helped prep me for the countless overnight blood sugar checks I never thought I’d be doing in my own home!!!)

    I’ve often considered pursuing a CDE, but the timing never seemed right with a house full of babies. Now that all three little are in school…..who knows! A new journey unfolds :)


  30. Diabeticsupplier
    Diabeticsupplier August 26, 2012 at 3:40 am | | Reply

    Good luck and go get em !!

  31. SaraMyers
    SaraMyers August 28, 2012 at 7:42 am | | Reply

    Allison – congrats! I belong to a philanthropic educational organization (P.E.O.) dedicated to helping women pursuing higher education. You might be a perfect candidate! Let me know if you might be interested – perhaps we can help you! Sara

  32. Cristina Chanteloup
    Cristina Chanteloup August 31, 2012 at 9:08 am | | Reply

    So happy for you! Follow you bliss. Thank you for all of your posts. I trust we will hear from you again.

  33. Susan Whittier
    Susan Whittier September 2, 2012 at 12:48 pm | | Reply

    hi Allison – first – great to hear you’re taking on a new challenge in your carreer! Second – a few suggestions / comments. I don’t know how your nursing schools are set up i the States – but may I suggest you insist on one attached to a University teaching hospital – from my own past experience that was where I learned the most – both professionally and personnally – just plain old life experience! another commet – never consider what you’re doing now not to be an asset. My very first job after graduating [1973] was at a summer camp for – you guessed it – diabetic kids. The camp nurse in charge, was there to learn about diabetes – an interesting combo – I knew next to othing about nursing / she said she knew very little about paediatric diabetes. She became one of the early CDE’s setting up the CDE program at the Hospital for Sick Children [Sick Kids] in Toronto. She became well known in the field for years – for the steps she made to keep one step ahead. Anyone with problems in their CDE role could always fnid support from Marcia Frank…….& to think I was there at the start!
    So congrats and embrace this new challenge as you’ve always done!
    Sue Whittier
    retired RN / BScN/BEd.
    lifelong type1 diabetes survivor!

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