Personal experience, passion to serve leads Fedoris to fitting career

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Fedoris resized 600Since the age of 13, Jillian Fedoris has struggled with an issue that most young adults never have to worry about. That same issue led her to Waynesburg University, where she would pursue a degree to aid others experiencing the same condition. After doctors diagnosed her with diabetes at a young age, Fedoris committed her life to educating children about the disease.
 
“Being diabetic is not something horrible,” Fedoris said. “A lot of people that are diabetic don't tell others because they don't want to share the sappy story, but I want everyone to know and to be educated so that I can help more people.”

This semester, the senior nursing major worked with pediatric patients and newly diagnosed diabetics at Jefferson Regional Hospital through her externship. She worked to educate about diabetes, a chronic disease that deals with high blood sugar levels and the clear misconceptions that children and youth might have.

“Taking care of yourself and believing that you can do well with diabetes is important, because if you don't, it will take advantage of your body,” Fedoris said. “Education and prevention are key.”

Fedoris strives to combine the knowledge and skills she's learned at Waynesburg University and throughout her clinical experience to service. She has worked as a diabetic counselor with Camp Crestfield, a Slippery Rock, Pa., Christian summer camp that offers camping experiences for diabetic youth, since the age of 17.

Her job as a Diabetic Counselor involves monitoring campers' diabetes during camp activities such as eating, hiking, swimming and sleeping. Her nursing experience allows her to check campers' blood sugars at night, and count their carbohydrate intake during the day.

By combining her passion for serving others with her advanced nursing knowledge and personal experience, Fedoris aims to live a full life while taking care of others.

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