I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes almost three years ago when I was 22 years old. I had recently graduated from college, ended a 10 year competitive swimming career, and was on the job hunt. To say that my diagnosis changed my life would be an understatement. Within the next six months, I would juggle being a newly diagnosed Type 1 Diabetic, moving two hours away to a new city, and starting my first job in my industry. When I was diagnosed, I thought it was the end of life as I knew it. I thought that I wouldn't be able to be as active as I used to be. Thankfully, a good friend convinced me to run a 5K for donuts and coffee, and I realized that I COULD do anything I wanted to set my mind to, even with Type 1 Diabetes. Since my diagnosis, I have ran and completed multiple 5Ks, 10Ks, 1-15K, 2-half marathons, and my first full marathon. Running with Type 1 Diabetes certainly comes with it's fair share of challenges. I almost hung up my running shoes after having to drop out of a half marathon at mile 8 because of low blood sugar. Every time I finish a run, it feels like I have beat diabetes. I try to live my new life by the motto: "I have diabetes, but diabetes doesn't have me," and running has helped me prove that to myself time and time again.
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