If you’re stumbling across this blog for the first time, or maybe you found your way here through my Instagram, you may be wondering who exactly Will Run For Insulin is, and what this blog is all about. Allow me to give you a formal introduction.
Who Am I?
My name is Sam, and I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) in August 2016. I was 22 years old and I had just graduated college a few months prior. While I feel like I have dealt with my diagnosis pretty well, I found that writing about my T1D has helped me overcome the many challenges that I have faced while battling this disease.
I used to write sporadic posts about my struggles and wins with diabetes, and then share them on my personal Facebook page, but I found that my audience couldn’t relate well to what I was going through. Eventually, I found out that Instagram had a pretty big T1D community, and I decided to create a separate account solely for my sharing my life with this disease. Instagram helped find an audience, and a support system, that could related to my blog posts, and celebrate those wins with me.
Growing up, I was very active in athletics. I played softball, basketball, and I participated in swimming and track and field. The older I got, the more I realized how much I loved swimming, and that’s when I started a 10 year swimming career which included club, high school, and college swimming. My diagnosis came after my ‘retirement’ from swimming, and at that time, I was struggling with learning how to manage my diabetes while working out. Because of these struggles, I stopped working out all together at one point, but thankfully, I found a way to enjoy working out again.
It all started with a good friend, the need to find motivation to get to the gym, and a 5K run for donuts. We found that without something to train for, we rarely got to the gym. After successfully completing our first 5K together, we made it our goal to run a half marathon, and then in 2019, a marathon! I’ve been running road races for almost three years now, and I have since completed multiple 5Ks, 10Ks, 3-half marathons, and one marathon.
My diabetes diagnosis was life changing, and for awhile I was in a really dark place. Despite being told in the doctor’s office on that fateful day that I could still live a normal life, it felt like life as I knew it had ended. Despite the challenges that come from learning how to run with Type 1 Diabetes, running helped get me through that dark place I was living in. Completing those races with T1D helped me realize that I could do anything I set my mind to while living with this disease. I hope that those reading my posts leave here with a sense of empowerment. Runs don’t always go as planned, but each time I finish a run or a race, I’ve proved to myself that I am more than my disease. Something I’ve learned how to translate into my day-to-day life as well.
All the best,