Sam Bahr- willrun4insulin

Patient Leader

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.

Location

Fargo, ND

Nominations

Best Team Performance Lifetime Achievement Best in Show: Instagram Best Kept Secret
Sam Bahr- willrun4insulin

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