My name is Sam and I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in August of 2016. I was 22 years old and had just graduated college a few months prior. While I feel that I have dealt with my diagnosis pretty well, I have found that writing about my diabetes has helped me overcome some of the many challenges that I have faced while battling this disease.
I used to write sporadic posts about my struggles and wins with diabetes, but then I decided that I wanted to further immerse myself into the wonderfully supportive online diabetic community. I made a vow to myself to write more about it in hopes that it might help others. That’s when I decided to open an Instagram account solely dedicated to my diabetes as a way to share these pieces.
Growing up, I’ve always been active in athletics. I played softball, basketball, and 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,’ and the chances of me going low during a workout made me fearful of the pool. That’s when I switched gears and got back into running. In fact, I got so into running that I became one of those people who run marathons.
It all started with a good friend, the need to find motivation to get to the gym, and 5K run for donuts. My friend and I found that without something to train for, we rarely got ourselves to the gym. After successfully completing our first 5K together, we made it our goal to run a half marathon, and the rest is history! Since my diagnosis I’ve completed countless 5Ks, 10Ks, 3-half marathons, and 1-marathon. Who knew I’d become one of those people who willing get up early and run a crazy amount of miles.
Since the acceptance of my diagnosis, I have wanted to inspire people who are living with diabetes like I am. I wanted to help show the ones who are still trying to grasp onto this new life that we can still do whatever we set our minds to. I wanted to prove to everyone else that we can still run marathons and live life ‘normally,’ even if we have a faulty pancreas. If one of my posts about running can help just one person try something outside of their comfort zone, I’ll consider it a success.
That’s it. That’s my story. That’s why I’ve chosen to share my life with Type One Diabetes (T1D). I hope that when you read my posts you can relate to some my triumphs and struggles of life with a chronic illness. Maybe you’ll find even the smallest bit of inspiration to do something you never thought you’d do.