Samm Grace is still relatively young, in her early 30s, but she’s been through a traumatic, life-changing experience. When she was 25, she discovered that her kidneys were failing – when she was pregnant with her son. Samm persevered – even after being told to terminate her pregnancy – and came out the other side with improved numbers but still in danger of kidney failure someday. I think you’ll be inspired by Samm’s story today, and come away with a new gratitude for some aspects of life we don’t often pause to appreciate.


You may want to start out by watching her TESS Talk from Skirt Sports – see here. And grab some tissue!


Today we talk about:

  • Life before kidney transplant
  • Signs & symptoms that something was wrong
  • Being pregnant and dying
  • Adopting an attitude of gratitude
  • Getting a kidney transplant: how the transplant list works
  • How to become a donor, postmortem or a living donor. Visit
  • The importance of running and activity during recovery from life-threatening disease


Samm is one of those people who doesn’t realize how much she is helping others; just by sharing her story. One of my big takeaways is the concept of writing my daughter, Wilder, a letter. I encourage all of you to take a moment one day to put pen to paper and write a letter to someone you love, sharing all the things that you hope for them. I also love Samm’s final nugget:  that you don’t realize how strong you are until you are tested. That is so true and relevant when we are afraid to start something new or push through the tough stuff. You can endure much more than you think you can.


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So on that note, thank you for all of your support and encouragement. I have an incredible lineup of interviews over the next few months. If you have suggestions, send them my way. You can email me through my website all then, you know what time it is. It’s time to run this world! Have a great workout and we’ll see you next week!