Some kids are braver than adults.
Insert 11-year-old Dyllan Lovero, who, along with his mom, Rachael, recently shared insight regarding Dyllan’s life as a champion.
While many pre-adolescents’ concerns include I-gadgets, locker combinations and hormonal imbalances, others face grown-up realities.
Dyllan, an honor student who enjoys watching wrestling and wants to be a doctor, has Crohn’s Disease, an inflammatory bowel disease. He also has colitis, which is inflammation of the large intestine. He was diagnosed four years ago.
Day-to-day life can be a struggle.
“I have more tough days than I would like,” he said.
Rachael shared that many of his health concerns trigger domino effects of pain. He reports feeling like his bones are being crushed.
From January until early March of this year Dyllan was unable to walk or stand up because of his inflamed intestine.
Despite all of that, when asked about his goals, he replied without missing a beat: He doesn’t want to miss too much school.
And with As and Bs in his courses despite being unable to physically attend school last year, the self-proclaimed “smartypants” is a testament to a focused mind. Dyllan’s favorite subjects are mathematics and writing, personal narratives in particular.
The baby faced preteen spoke with the wisdom of someone who’s been here before.
He continuously referenced close friends and family who support him.
That support system extends beyond his familial and friendly relationships.
After being hospitalized twice (once in 2010 and once last year), he, his teachers and his family moved to a technological approach for his education.
His teachers Skyped him from school to keep him abreast of his studies.
“My teachers were amazing,” he said.
He and Rachael talked about how included Dyllan was. He was up to speed because of his teachers’ technological approach. Skype lessons not only kept him academically in the loop, but also socially. His classmates interacted with and frequently Skyped him during lunch.
He said that he appreciated the communication. Appreciation was central to his discussion as he said that his days can be pretty emotional, but he is grateful to have parents who care about him because not everyone has the same.
Of parental guidance, Dyllan continued.
“They love. They push you.”
His mother also pushed for him to participate in Take Steps for Crohn’s and Colitis, a walk/fundraiser for digestive diseases. This year’s walk will be held Sunday, October 14 in Prospect Park. The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) sponsors the walk.
When Dyllan first attended he was sad to see so many other people who go through what he goes through, but was glad to be around people who understood.
According to the Take Steps website, 1.4 million American adults and children are affected by digestive diseases. The site also reported that the walk supports patient programs, education, research for a cure and has raised nearly $32 million to further its mission.
CCFA has 40 local chapters.
Rachael said that when friends and family attended the walk with him, Dyllan realized he is not alone.
He said, “I never knew there were so many people that loved me.”
Check out Dyllan’s Take Steps page. http://online.ccfa.org/site/TR/2012TakeStepsWalk/Chapter-GreaterNewYork?team_id=110086&pg=team&fr_id=3242