Cross-Country Check In with Cycle4: National Relay

In an earlier blog post we introduced the C4WM: National Relay and Team Cyclebetes rider Aryssah Stankevitsch.

Aryssah had just embarked on a cross-country journey to raise $15,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  Having been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes only 2 years earlier, a long-distance athletic event was a formidable undertaking. It took the Relay just 13 days to reach Toronto from Vancouver for a mid-point media event. Here we were finally able to meet Aryssah face-to-face to find out what drove her to spend a month in the saddle, to raise money, and speak out about her experience as a diabetic.

“I want to be worth imitating.  I believe that with any sort of ailment that you’ve had, you can fight a battle a lot harder when you’re going uphill than when you’re on flat terrain.”

Pat Com: How long have you been a Diabetic? Aryssah: I was diagnosed when I was 19. I’m 21 now so I’ve been living with it for 2 years. I had been hypoglycemic before (which means low blood sugars), so I would load up on sugars before I did athletic activities. I guess my doctor didn’t take it as a warning sign of diabetes as no one else [...] continue the story

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#MyPS is “My Patient Story” on Twitter. And Patient Commando will share it.

Patient Commando is embarking on a mission to start something different. If you use Twitter, we want you to share your patient story. #MyPS – My Patient Story, is a way to surface the patient experience in 140 characters or less.

#MyPS tweets can be about anything related to the patient experience; An experience at the hospital, how you manage your medication, or even how you’re coping with a disease. Whether your a patient, caregiver or practitioner we want you to share with us and our growing community.

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We aim to create a healthcare community supported, educated and inspired by the patient experience.  Your voice is the key.