Less Stress

Well, now that my life has become much less stressed I can actually sit down and breathe for a minute! Why was I super stressed, you may ask? I had to take the MCAT – the Medical College Admissions Test – this past Saturday. Trying to balance studying for this life changing exam, work a part time job, and do my internship was not easy by any means. And keeping my BG in control? Yeah right. As I was juggling everything, my BG went wacky. I knew as soon as I got stressed, my BG would skyrocket and that I would have a hard time controlling it and feeling 100%. Oddly enough, as I was reading in my MCAT study book, this phenomenon was confirmed. When you get stressed your cortisol levels rise above normal which can cause several other consequences: decreased immune function, muscle tightness, and BG increase, among others. I had to be extra careful the past few weeks. Unfortunately, I even had to go home early one day from JDRF because I was feeling so nauseous from my high BG that I couldn’t focus (or even look at the computer screen!).

Now that I have much less stress, I can focus more on working here at JDRF and at my job. In fact, I’m off to write the July Newsletter stories right now! Have a blessed week, friends!

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A Day in the Life

Well, I’m actually a little late in putting this up (oops). I started interning with the Tampa Bay Chapter of JDRF a few weeks ago, just about a week after I moved back home from another challenging year at college. I have the pleasure of working with some of the best people I’ve met so far – Nick, Christine, Carole, and Carolyn. Each person is quirky in their own way, so we fit in perfectly together. I’ve gotten to do a myriad of different things so far, including writing the June edition of the JDRF E-News, inputting donated auction items into our database for the big Gala inĀ  the fall, and calling several elementary schools in Pinellas County to see if they would be interested in partnering with JDRF in hosting a Kids Walk to Cure Diabetes! How cool! Right now I’m working on doing some research and asking for donations for auction in the Gala from restaurants and other nice establishments around town. Hopefully we will hear something back soon! In the mean time, I’m finding a bunch of new restaurants to try in the near future! Woop woop!