If you’re stumbling across this blog for the first time, or maybe you found my 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 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 found that writing about my T1D has helped me overcome the many challenges that I have faced while fighting this disease.
I used to just write sporadic posts about my struggles and wins with diabetes and share them on my personal Facebook page, but found that my audience could relate very little to what I was going through. Eventually, I found out that Instagram had a pretty big Type 1 Diabetic community and I decided to create a separate account solely for my broken pancreas. I gained a strong following and found a place where people understood what I was going through, and could also related to what I posted about.
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 that I’d going low during a workout made me fearful of the pool. That’s when I switched gears and got into running. In fact, I got so into running, that I became one of those people who run half marathons.
It all started with a good friend, the need to find motivation to get to the gym, and a 5K run for donuts. My friend and I found that without something to train for, we rarely got to the gym. So after successfully completing our first 5K together, we made it our goal to run a half marathon, and the rest is history! I’ve been running for a little over two years and I have completed multiple 5Ks and 10Ks, 3-half marathons, and one marathon.
My diabetes diagnosis was earth shattering. The life I had been living for 22 years had been flipped upside down, and despite being told in the doctor’s office that I could still live a pretty normal life, I felt that my life had ended. Eventually, I decided that I would not let my disease define me and that I would do anything I could to show others that while I have diabetes, it does not have me. Adjusting to life after receiving the news that you have an incurable disease is hard. My goal for this blog is to show others that while living with chronic, incurable disease may make our lives a little different than most, we live an even BETTER life after our diagnosis.
All the best,