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Connor Shortt, a senior defensive end for Pacific University in Forest Grove, is seen here in mid-tackle. Shortt, from The Dalles, was diagnosed in 2016 with Type 1 diabetes. He has learned to closely manage the disease and says it doesn’t get in the way of the activities he enjoys like sports.

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Tackling Type 1

How a competitive local athlete learned to handle Type 1 diabetes

Connor Shortt, a 2014 grad of The Dalles-Wahtonka High School, always had his eye on some type of work in the medical field. He wasn’t sure just what it would be until May 2016, when he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes after his sophomore year at Pacific University. Now he wants to be an endocrinologist, a doctor who specializes in treatment of the disease.

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