CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS)--Being a college athlete is hard, but being a college athlete with Type 1 diabetes presents it's own set of challenges.

"it's all I know really," Said UVA freshman forward Isaac Traudt. Traudt was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was just 4 years old, understanding early on that he was different.

"I knew from the start not many kids are carrying around insulin and blood sugar testing kits," explained Traudt.

But he's not alone it's a disease that affects over 1.45 million Americans including another UVA student athlete just across grounds.

"I remember that like taking me off on a cart and I was just kind of screaming to my parents and that's kind of one of my earliest memories really," started UVA senior wrestler Jared Verkeleen, "I almost died and that's when everything changed with diabetes."

Jared Verkeleen has been wrestling with Type 1 for as long as he can remember but like Traudt it never stopped him from achieving his goals, it only changed the way he did it.

"Like last night I was on the bike," started Verkeleen, "I was like ah my blood sugar is starting to drop and I'm trying to burn calories, get my weight cut down and then you know I had to eat and correct it so basically it wiped out that work out so that's the frustrations you'll get with wrestling and weight cutting."

Now Verkeleen and Traudt are just one 14 athletes nationwide to partner with glucose monitoring device Dexcom in the first ever NIL deal for college athletes with diabetes.

"Yeah NIL has opened up a lot of opportunities" said Verkeleen, "You know you always hear the football players, all that stuff they get all this money and so it's opened up a lot of opportunities for you know Dexcom to offer people like us something too."

It's a deal that's not for self promotion or money but to bring awareness and hope to a disease that affects so many people.

"Diabetes can't hold you back from accomplishing your goals," said Traudt, "Whether you want to play high level sports or you know have a great job some day it doesn't really matter."

"It's given us a platform to kind of share our stories," explained Verkeleen, "And that's the whole point, to inspire the next generation...and as these younger diabetics come up maybe they're gonna come and inspire even the next generation of diabetics to come up."