This month’s Positively T1D article features Dylan Shaver. Dylan was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) in October of 1996 when he was 6 years old. Since being diagnosed with T1D 17 years ago he has developed an “always do you best” mentality. He has worked hard to manage his diabetes while going through school, sports, and life.
Dylan never let diabetes hold him back from anything he wanted to do. The summer after he was diagnosed with diabetes he was playing baseball and joined the Sheboygan County 4 H. Once he was old enough, he started playing football at the junior level. While attending Random Lake High School Dylan was a 3 time letter winner in football and track and participated in Wisconsin High School Powerlifting where he was a 2 year state qualifier. Being diabetic made Dylan have to develop different ways to control his diabetes on the field, because he knew the better control you have on you diabetes the better performance you will have on the field.
When Dylan was diagnosed he learned that he needed to do his best to keep his diabetes under control and stay healthy. Even at 6 years old he was trying to learn how to control it himself doing his blood glucose test and giving himself multiple shots a day. He learned at a young age that exercise helps control his blood glucose level. He would always be riding his bike, playing basketball, or jumping on the trampoline with his brother and sister to help control his diabetes.
After graduating from Random Lake High School, Dylan decided to attend the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. He continued to be active participating in multiple intramural sports and exercising on a daily basis. With his experience he had with controlling his diabetes with exercise, Dylan decided to major in kinesiology with a strength and conditioning emphasis. Learning how exercise affects the body and how exercise challenge everyone to do their best to reach their goals. Dylan now works at NX Level Performance in Waukesha Wisconsin training athletes and adults getting them to do their best to reach whatever goals they might have.
After 17 years with T1D Dylan is still learning how to control his T1D. “Living with T1D is not easy. You will have a lot of good days living with T1D and some very hard days living with T1D, but all you can do is always do your best.”