January 7, 2019

New Year, New Paint, Same Award Winning App

By Aerial Donovan, GRYT Program Director


The saying, New year, New Me has been everywhere lately, whether on social media, news stories, or even Hulu! And we’re putting our own spin on it. New year, old app, new name. We’ve had a facelift (with the help of some really bright, bold colors)! Same app. New name. Our name. GRYT.

GRYT?? That’s… an unusual name. What’s it mean?

Grit is a character trait that so many facing cancer or other chronic diseases have no choice but to embody. It can be hard to maintain grit alone. That’s why there is no “I” in our version of GRYT. We work together, building relationships that fuel users to maintain their grit and to make choices that are right for them.

It’s also the same team comprised of cancer survivors and caregivers running things behind the curtain before we decided to get colorful with our logo. Which means, we’ve been there and we’re dedicated to making sure that information is not a luxury, but an undeniable right.

Our team and the GRYT community are authentic and relentless, and together, we are working to make sure no one ever has to suffer this journey alone.

Cool! So what does this mean for me?

The GRYT community will always promote a culture of inclusion and equality, where everyone is respected for the experience they bring, where authenticity and openness are revered, and where our collective voice and choice matter.

Just like before, we’re still a completely free app, available to download for iOS and Android. Anyone is welcome to download it, whether you’re a friend, family member, survivor, patient, caregiver, medical professional. Cancer affects so many people, and no matter your role, you can find a place on the app to connect with others.

Unlike other apps, which are largely funded by venture capital firms in the U.S. and China that sell patient data to pharmaceutical companies, GRYT is the first social community that is funded, built, and run by patients and caregivers. Users communicate anonymously in real-time and each person is 100% in charge of what happens with their data.

We follow industry standards and best practices in data privacy and protection and our database cannot be accessed directly from the Internet. Not sure what that means? Check out this blog post from our Chairwoman, Shelley. She’s trying to schluff off a few holiday pounds and realized how tricky privacy policies are among health apps, which is why we’ve made ours really easy to understand. Easier than losing five pounds, anyway.

What’s next?

We’ve got some exciting things in the works. You won’t want to miss it. Keep an eye on your inbox for upcoming announcements.

In the meantime, you can keep up with what’s on the calendar for events happening in the GRYT app. I invite you to check out the many programs that all take place in house on the app. Whether it’s contributing a piece for writing group or chatting in movie club, or maybe it’s timidly joining New User Night, any user is welcome to attend. AppChats are a great way to enter a general conversation as a stranger, seeking more information and leaving with some new friends and a community that understands. Plus, you’ll get to hang out with me, Aerial, GRYT Program Director.

Until then, I’ll see you on the GRYT app! You can find us in that tiny square on your phone. We’re the ones with the really bright and loud splash of color. Kinda like our community. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.

If you’re feeling curious, our website got a fresh coat of paint too. So, while you’re there, feel free to poke around.

Because who doesn’t love a fresh coat of paint?


Like what you’re reading? Follow GRYT Health on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter for more inspiring news and stories! Questions? Reach out to contact@grythealth.com and someone from our team will be on it!

August 6, 2018

GRYT Health presents: Neuropathy & Cancer

An AppChat collaboration with Seattle Genetics and ReVital Cancer Rehabilitation


Hosted by Dr. Michael D. Stubblefield, be part of the conversation on Thursday, August 30th, from 8–9pm ET. Participate LIVE on the Stupid Cancer App, which is available to download for free, in both the Google Play and App Store.

Did you know?

Some stats on neuropathy:

•Pain in cancer survivors is a common problem and can negatively affect quality of life, mental health, social interactions and employment prospects.¹,²

•More than 100 types of neuropathy have been identified. Each type has its own prognosis, symptoms and pattern of progression.³

•A 2014 meta-analysis study, which included data from 4179 patients, found that the prevalence of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy was:

  • 68% in the first month following chemotherapy.
  • 60% three months following chemotherapy.
  • 30% six months or more following chemotherapy.⁴

•Chronic severe pain that interferes with functioning affects approximately 5– 10% of cancer survivors.²

Excited to be part of the discussion?

This is what we’ll be chatting about (and much more!) with our leading expert in neuropathy, Dr. Michael D. Stubblefield!

•What is neuropathy and what are the signs and symptoms of it?

•What causes neuropathy?

•How is neuropathy diagnosed?

•How is neuropathy treated?



Behind the Seattle Genetics Neuropathy AppChat Collaboration:

GRYT Health partnered with Seattle Genetics on a Hodgkin Lymphoma (HL) project this past spring. For this project, sixty members of the HL community shared their cancer experience. Seattle Genetics was deeply touched by the candor and transparency of their stories. So much so, they wanted to both thank and support the community that participated in their project. Hearing the need of the community (unprompted, many members of the HL community mentioned their struggle with peripheral neuropathy) and as part of the celebration leading up to September being blood cancer month, the idea for an AppChat on neuropathy was created. Thank you to those who inspired this event! We truly hope that this will be beneficial to not only the HL community, but also to the broader cancer community as well.

Publications by Dr. Stubblefield:

Publications on Pubmed

Cancer Rehabilitation 2E: Principles and Practice

Sources:

¹Brown MR, Ramirez JD, Farquhar-Smith P. Pain in cancer survivors. Br J Pain. 2014 Nov;8(4):139–53.

²Glare PA, Davies PS, Finlay E, Gulati A, Lemanne D, Moryl N, Oeffinger KC, Paice JA, Stubblefield MD and Syrjala KL. Pain in cancer survivors. J Clin Oncol. 2014 Jun; 32(16):1739–47.

³Stubblefield MD, Burstein HJ, Burton AW, Custodio CM, Deng GE, Ho M, Junck L, Morris GS, Paice JA, Tummala S and Von Roenn JH. NCCN task force reports: management of neuropathy in cancer. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2009 Sep;7 Suppl 5:S1–26.

⁴Seretny M, Currie GL, Sena ES, Ramnarine S, Grant R, MacLeod MR, Colvin LA and Fallon M. Incidence, prevalence, and predictors of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Pain. 2014 Dec;155(12):2461–70.

More on our sponsors:

Seattle Genetics

ReVital Cancer Rehabilitation

What is an AppChat?

An AppChat is a LIVE event that takes place on the Stupid Cancer App. You’ll find input and engagement from the community, along with expertise from speakers. AppChats are not only a great learning opportunity, but a way to connect with other users like yourself. Always free, check out GRYT Health on Facebook and Instagram for AppChat announcements. Questions? Contact aerial@grythealth.com.