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 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, but I recently decided that I wanted to further immerse myself into the wonderfully supportive online diabetic community. That’s when I decided to open a second Instagram account solely dedicated to my diabetes, and made a vow to myself to write more about it.
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 half marathons, and soon 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 to the gym. So after successfully completing our first 5K together, we made it our goal to run a half marathon and now we are addicted. Here’s to becoming one of those people who willing get up in the morning and run 10 miles.
Since the acceptance of my diagnosis, I have wanted to inspire people who are living with diabetes like I am. I want 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 others who are not living with this disease that we can do still run marathons and live life ‘normally,’ even if we have a faulty pancreas. If one of my posts about running or working out can help just one person try something outside of their comfort zone with diabetes, I’ll consider it a success.
So that’s it. That’s my story. That’s why I’ve chose to blog and post about my diabetes. I hope while you read my posts, you can relate to my wins and losses with diabetes. And I hope you find even the smallest bit on inspiration to do something you never thought you’d do.