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Not just a diabetic but a sabre fencer at that!

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I’ve been a diabetic for 9 years and a sabre fencer for 6. I was motivated to find a sport originally to become more active, but eventually I became more focused on fighting stigma associated with type 1 and actual athletic performance. I am ranked in top 40in the US under 17, fence for international travel team, and I am a national medalist. One of my biggest achievements is my control over type 1 both on the fencing strip and in my day-to-day life. In my 9 years i have never had an HBA1C over 8.0%, never went into DKA and have never fainted/seized due to low blood sugars. My main goal is to show people that diabetes can’t stop you from doing what you love.

Stein Portman

Stein Portman: not just a diabetic but a sabre fencer at that!

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