Diabetes Resources: In Honor of Tyrel Berg
TYREL BERG: MSU MECHANICAL ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY MAJORWritten by the family of Tyrel Berg
What would you do as a young man receiving the devastating news you have Type 1 Diabetes? Our beloved son, Tyrel Berg, received his diagnosis as a freshman in high school. However, he was determined that his illness would neither define nor confine him. He was determined to live his life as a normal teenager. Tyrel continued pursuing his passions throughout high school, including sports, clubs, hunting, and wild horse racing. Tyrel's favorite pastime was riding his dirt bike and snowmobile.
Tyrel John Berg was the fifth generation of the Berg family to be born and raised in the Lennep-Martinsdale area. Growing up on the family ranch he learned to appreciate the importance of the land, for both agriculture and recreation.
Tyrel's dream to design snowmobiles led him to Montana State University in Bozeman to pursue a Mechanical Engineering Technology Degree. Along with attending college, he worked part-time to fund his education and joined the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity. Tyrel's openness and kind nature won him the friendship and respect of many, including his brothers and sisters within the fraternities and sororities at MSU.
Not wanting to call attention to his health, Tyrel controlled his diabetes in a quiet,
casual manner. He was not one to ask for help but would always educate those around
him if they asked questions. It is the hope of Tyrel's family that by donating funds
to promote health education and wellness at MSU, students and others will take the
initiative to educate themselves in respect to their own health as well as the health
needs of friends, roommates, and family. We all have the chance to make a difference
between the life and death among those we love. May you all be safe, happy and healthy.
"Fortune Always Favors the Bold"
- A favorite saying of Tyrel's.
Diabetes and the College Student
For every student, making the transition to college can be very difficult. The tasks involved in making the move can be endless - everything from traveling to meeting new roommates to lining up school supplies, purchasing healthy groceries, buying books, and then making sure finances are in order before classes begin.
For the individual with diabetes, many extra steps are necessary as well. Touching base with care providers, coordinating communication between care providers, filling prescriptions and purchasing supplies, and then getting to know the new environment are all included on the endless list of tasks to take care of before classes begin and during those demanding first weeks.
At Montana State University, various resources are available to those with diabetes, and knowing that programs do exist can help a person through the early times of transition. First, the Student Health Service (located in the Swingle Building on the east side of campus) has physicians and nurse practitioners who can help with general diabetes care. A registered dietitian is on staff to help with diabetic meal planning and to provide referral to a student-led support group and other educational resources. A pharmacy is available at Student Health to help with medications and supplies. Guest speakers often come to campus to give presentations within the dorm setting, the fraternity / sorority system, and even for various courses offered.top
The hospital provides both diabetes support and education. Classes are available beginning September 1st and ending October 29th (then a new session begins). Classes emphasize both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, along with metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance. A certified diabetes educator (CDE) leads the series of classes and can help guide individuals to other resources within the Bozeman community. Some classes are free of charge and others include a nominal fee. If interested, please call 522-1644 to find out what is available for you.top
These websites are available for reference into the ongoing research and education aimed at the prevention and treatment of diabetes across the nation. Diabetes is treatable and advanced disease is preventable and health care providers are readily available to help guide the individualized care needed for those with the disease. Check out the latest information in comprehensive care!