Day 21: Things!

Today was a great day. I showed my boss the final version of my video to be posted on OnePlace and he absolutely loved it! It felt good to know that I could actually make the video the way that they wanted it. I got a few compliments from other people in the office too.

The whole Twitter fiasco that is going on with Crossfit is absolutely ridiculous and I can’t believe that a company would post something like that. Clearly these people are uneducated, and kudos to the people who are fighting for diabetes and the people in the world living with it. I don’t really have much to say about it because it is just an abominable combination of ignorance and stupidity.

After that, I had lunch and went to see about half-price Broadway tickets. Unfortunately, I didn’t find anything so Aimee and I are going to go a little later and see if we can win them in the lottery giveaways.I also interviewed Aimee for the SWD video and will probably finish it tomorrow.

But I am looking forward to tomorrow — I am going to be 19! I can’t believe a year has passed already. I am looking forward to a great day spent with friends and family.

I just really hope it doesn’t rain!

Signing off as an 18 year old,

the intern with diabetes


Day 20: Feelin’ fudgy

My weekend was absolutely wonderful!

I was invited to help my Central Jersey Outreach Coordinator, Nancy, and be her right-hand girl at the Annual JDRF Gala. It was a lot of fun and I got to dress up! My parents attended the Gala and they had fun too. In total, the auctions at the Gala raised over $400,000 for JDRF! That is absolutely amazing! It was heartwarming to know that people were willing to donate to this foundation and to fund research and information regarding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.

Today it seems that the people I am working with are very busy! So today is going to be quiet. But I do know I have to help Mark with a Webex test sometime today, but the time is still being decided.

My morning was enough within itself. I felt fine this morning, had breakfast, got dressed, and left the apartment. I got on my first train, and between the 3rd and 4th stop, Queensboro Plaza and Lexington Avenue, I started to feel funny.

My eyes were getting fuzzy, I was having terrible chest pains, it was getting hard to breathe, and I knew I had to get off the train. Luckily the next stop was where I transfer anyways so I had to get off. As I made my way off the subway car, I could feel my body not wanting to move. The sets of stairs were a struggle. Finally I found a green box to sit on, so I sat down, and tested my blood sugar. It was not a nice number. But last night I was on a blood-sugar-rollercoaster, so I kind of expected it.

I figured water was my next step. Feeling like this while in a subway station is not exactly ideal. I tried to look for a concession stand, but there were none. So I left the station and walked down the street to a Duane Reade pharmacy. I bought a water and started drinking. I called my mom and let her know what was going on. She thought I was dehydrated.

I got on my second train and luckily was able to snatch a seat after about two stops. I started listening to Queen and got lost in Freddie Mercury’s voice so I started to feel better.

Finally I got to the office and was feeling pretty good. I talked to one of the MD’s in the Research department and he said he thinks that I was going to faint. I am okay now, but I really hope it doesn’t happen again.


Aimee and the magic fudge!

Finishing editing a final cut for the Staff Appreciation Day video and might interview Aimee later or tomorrow.

Also, Aimee made me fudge for my birthday(it’s Wednesday) but she made it early and didn’t want to leave it sitting in her fridge. How sweet is she!  And Jennifer sent out an official invite to help me celebrate a birthday lunch on Wednesday! It feels good to know that I have people here in the city to help me celebrate 19 years of life and almost 15 years of diabetes!

Auf wiedersehen!

the intern with diabetes

Day 19: Phones and things

Last night I watched a new series on CNN, called “the seventies” and it was really good. It is all about the seventies, the culture, the politics, etc. They show old broadcasts and clips from various things. Last night they talked about the Vietnam War which I found extremely intriguing. I learned a few more things that I did not know about the war. Also, hearing first-hand accounts from veterans was really cool too. I definitely recommend you check out this show on CNN Thursdays at 9pm.

I learned a lot today!

I learned how to build and set up a new phone for someone in the field. It was pretty cool and I found it very interesting. That is how I spent most of my morning. It was very beneficial to me and I learned A TON.

Then, I had lunch. I threw out some ideas to Aimee and Jennifer about creating something to show the staff in the JDRF office to educate them more about Type 1 Diabetes. I think it would informative and fun for them. But also, it would help them to understand the disease that they work so hard for.

I needed to buy a bus ticket this weekend for when I eventually plan to go home, and I couldn’t find them anywhere. I normally buy them at this small deli counter but they were closing, so I was told to go to 120 Broadway. The walk was not far, so we got there, asked for tickets, and were told to go to the other side of the building. We walked through the underpass and asked again. The woman said 120 EAST Broadway. Not 120 Broadway. She said it wasn’t close, so now I am stuck. I called my Aunt to ask her what she recommended I do, and she said she’d give me a spare ticket she has in her wallet. Aunt K saved the day!

After that, I got back to the office and got right back to work. I am making an alternate version of the Staff video that only NYC staff will see, so I started editing again. Then, I began working with Joon and the phone systems again! We did a few more tickets and he walked me through the steps of switching phones when someone is replaced at a JDRF Chapter. There is a lot that goes into these systems and it really does impress me.

On a side note, today history was made: The Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples can now be married in EACH and EVERY state in the USA. I have several gay friends and I am so happy that the world finally let love win.



Okay that’s all I got. WEEKEND TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

the intern with diabetes

Day 18: It’s Thursday

Yesterday the interns and I tried to see the Seinfeld apartment exhibit, but it ended up that we were there too late and that they weren’t letting anyone else wait in the line. So that was a bummer. We headed home.

This morning, my subway ride was pleasant, and I got to the office early. Around 9:30, I received an email from Joon, who I am working closely with, and he gave me instructions for the day. He wasn’t working today but was just stopping by for a few minutes and introduced his two daughters to everyone.

I had to find and provide him with information about a few phones he has to send out tomorrow, such as serial numbers and the addresses they would be going to. After I got all of the information, I sent it to him!

The rest of my day has been pretty quiet. Still waiting for word on the video. But Aimee and I are going to try to get Broadway tickets for a show tonight! So that will be fun! Looking forward to it. Tomorrow’s Friday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That’s all I got for today.

the intern with diabetes

Day 17: A day

Well, today has been many things.

This morning started off ehh because my subway train was delayed and I had nothing to read! But eventually I got to the office and right away I was instructed of what I would be doing today. I finished the video that is to be posted for Staff Appreciation Day and put it aside for a little while.

Joon, the Cisco specialist, wanted to work with me and teach me more about what he does. He controls and manages a large part of the networking in the office and especially telecommunications, like the telephones. So today he showed me how to handle “tickets” which are requests or terminations of phone users. I learned how to terminate phone users, their voicemails, and Jabber accounts. But we still want the phones to be usable, so there is a specific process. Joon showed me what to do and then wrote down instructions with screen shots so I could follow along in case I got stuck.

Surprisingly enough, it was very interesting to me and I liked being able to help Joon. I got through quite a few tickets and I think I will be working with him tomorrow again. It was different, so I enjoyed it.

I also talked with my Supervisor today who was not exactly clear in what he wanted in the video and left me with the impression that he did not like it. So I do not exactly know what is next. I think he wants Mark and I to take a look at the footage to see if we can enhance the video. Again, not exactly sure what he is looking for. (Also this video is only being seen by the NY office).

ANYWAYS, I had lunch at 1 with Jennifer and Aimee which was good and we made plans for this afternoon. After lunch, I got back to my desk, did some more work, and then I had my check-in with Ina, who works in Human Resources. But right before I left to go see Ina, one of the IT workers made a comment. A comment that I am not fond of. Someone had offered him a cookie and he replied, “I can’t have that. I’ll get diabetes.”(in the most serious tone) And no one corrected him.

So, me being me, I did not get up from my desk but calmly and intimidatingly said, “What did you just say?” He repeated himself. And I said, “No, that’s not how it works.” He tried to argue with me that eventually one day, if he ate so many, he could have diabetes. I said, “No, that’s a stigma.” And he said “what?” and I said “Nothing, you’re typical.”

After that it was silence. Now, this person is a bit of a know-it-all so I did not want to waste my knowledge of diabetes on him. However, it got me thinking.

So I went to Ina’s office, we had a good long talk about my experience so far, and I answered her questions with complete honesty. I told her everything I felt I needed to. At the end, she asked me if I had anything to add, and I had finally thought of something. I asked her what people who work at JDRF are told about diabetes when they begin working here, etc. etc. She explained that more departments know more than others. I told her that my IT guys don’t know much, and that I think that EVERYONE at JDRF should know more. It kind of rubs me the wrong way knowing that a company that has meant so much to me, for so long, the people that work in the Headquarter office, don’t know what diabetes is or isn’t. It’s something to think about. Ina said that it was good feedback so I hope it made a difference.

Until tomorrow,

the intern with diabetes


My instructions from Joon!

Day 17: Staff Appreciation Day!

Hello friends!

What a day it has been! Yesterday, Mark and I tested everything again just to be set for Derek’s webcast today on Staff Appreciation Day!

My commute to the office today was not fun. It was hot, smelly, and miserable. Someone got sick on the express train in front of my train so I was left at Grand Central station to get on a local train. For those of you that don’t know, this means I have to take WAY more stops before Bowling Green than I normally would take. The train was packed because everyone from the express train was trying to get downtown on the local train. It was just a mess! But I got here eventually and everything was okay. It could have been much worse. I could have gotten stuck in Harlem, again!

So around noon, Mark and I began to get everything together for today. The celebration portion of the day was beginning around 12:30-1ish so we prepared for that.

He set up the webcam that broadcasted Derek out to all of the chapters, and I set up the regular camera for my montage that I am making for the JDRF website for the NY employees to view, sort of like a highlight reel. The afternoon was a lot of fun.

We all ate salads, tacos, and desserts and then Derek announced the raffle winners. There was a really strong sense of comradery and friendship in the room. I did not feel like an outsider or like an intern. Everyone is very welcoming. As the festivities went on, I began recording with the regular camera and got some great shots for my highlight reel. I felt professional and important and it felt so good to catch people’s reactions on camera. I’m really glad I got to be a part of it and I am so glad to be here with JDRF. The people here really deserve to be celebrated for all of their hard work. I’m glad I got to capture it on video!

Everything went smoothly and all in all today was a HUGE success. Three cheers for the IT team!

Going to a few museums tonight with the interns! Should be fun. Hope it doesn’t rain though because I forgot my umbrella!!!

Until tomorrow,

the intern with diabetes


Decorated conference room!

Day 16: Art and dinosaurs and yoga and Yoko

Hi everyone! This weekend was absolutely and positively amazing just as I had hoped it would be. The city amazes me each and every day that I experience it. Friday night, I got to spend with my aunt and uncle. First we had dinner, then my uncle and I went to see Jurassic World! We grabbed oysters at a Mexican Cantina beforehand and they were delicious!

Jurassic World was excellent, in my opinion. It’s safe to say that Chris Pratt is my new man crush. 😉

Saturday I met with Aimee and one of her friends from school at the Museum of Modern Art. It was not my favorite museum as a whole, but it definitely had some cool pieces. We saw some Van Gogh, Picasso, and Dali. My favorite part was the Yoko Ono Exhibit on the sixth floor. I have been a Beatles fan my entire life and never much of a Yoko Ono fan. But still the exhibit fascinated me. I felt like I could feel John Lennon’s presence in the room. Also, her art had something to say. It was strange and weird and out of the ordinary, but that’s what made it so interesting. I liked not being able to decipher what she was trying to say in her pieces. A lot of her pieces had to do with what was going on during her time with John, in the seventies, such as gender inequality. If you have the opportunity to see the exhibit, do it. It will leave you thinking.

After that Aimee and I went back to Brooklyn and stopped at yet another Mexican food place and enjoyed a trio of salsas and tacos. It was a really cool place. We headed back to her apartment and just talked for a while about everything and finally decided to watch a movie. We watched Bridget Jones’ Diary, which I hadn’t seen before, and it was very entertaining. All in all it was a great night and finally we fell asleep. The next morning I woke up around 10:15 and left Aimee’s apartment around 10:45. After about an hour on the subway, I finally got back to Queens. I was pretty tired so I relaxed for a little while and then I got ready for yoga in Times Square!

June 21st, Father’s Day and the Summer Solstice, is now officially the International Day of Yoga! I arrived early and met my friend Shannon (she was just certified in India) and we talked about her trip and eventually got ready for class. Our class started at 4:30 and it was absolutely amazing. The feeling, energy, love, passion, and soul that went into this yoga class blew my mind. The coolest part was being able to look up and see the buildings during various poses and just soak it all in. I can’t wait to do it again next year.

After class Shannon turns to me and told me to hold my hands out and close my eyes. She had brought me something back from India. She knows how much I love the Beatles and she got to visit the ashram that the Beatles studied in with the Maharishi in 1968. SHE BROUGHT ME A PIECE OF THE ASHRAM. This may not seem exciting to you, but I could feel the energy of the Beatles and their studies of Transcendental Meditation in my hands. And the fact that it came from one of my closest friends meant even more to me. Maybe it was the yoga or maybe it really was this piece of stone, but a rush of emotion ran over me. I am so grateful.

I walked Shannon back to Penn Station and we got stuck in the rain! At first it was fine but then it downpoured on us! It was funny. We said goodbye and planned on meeting up again. Then I decided to meet with the interns for a free comedy show that Amy Poehler would be in! We waited in line around 7/7:30, got tickets around 8:15, walked around for a bit(Aamna got us lost looking for ice cream) and finally got back to the theater around 9:15 for the 9:30 show. Not realizing that we were in the wrong line, we waited and waited and eventually were told the theater was full! But we had tickets! Not exactly fair and pretty disappointing. But I still had an amazing weekend.

Not sure what is going on at the office today, but tomorrow is Staff Appreciation Day!

the intern with diabetes