ONALASKA, Wis. (WXOW) ------ Swimming requires, discipline, focus and determination, all things that can be learned in the pool, but for Onalaska swimmer Joseph Vandermus, they are lessons he's learned out of the water.
Vandermus was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 9 years old.
“At first it was really hard, but through it God has taught me a lot of lessons through discipline and other things and that has helped me in school and other things besides swimming,” said Vandermus.
With his condition, Joseph must monitor his blood sugar levels, not letting them get to high or letting them dip to low.
“It's always a numbers game so you have to try to play it out the best you can, so I want to make sure my blood sugar is a little higher before I go in, because it will start dropping pretty soon, when that happens I can feel it, so I will have to get out an adjust it be either eating some food or if it's too high still I might have to take a bit of insulin,” said Vandermus.
While necessary, balancing out his levels can be frustrating when Joseph is working out in the pool.
“That's probably the hardest thing, I'm doing my best but I can't do it all the way it's just a little bit of an interruption but what happens, happens you just get through it I guess,” says Vandermus.
Through it all, Joseph credits his faith as a motivating factor to help push on.
“Ultimately you can everything you need to do, and it can be a fluke, and the best thing to do in every situation is to pray about it, most of the time it figures it out on its own, it's pretty awesome how God does that for me,” says Vandermus.
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