This has been a long time coming.
I first heard of GRYT Health when I was going through my own cancer diagnosis. I had personally known no one - absolutely zero people - who had a cancer diagnosis before I got mine at the ripe age of 34.
When I heard the words, “You have cancer,” I did what every one else who has been in that position would do:
Compiled all of my Internet user names / passwords into one place so my family could find it all in case I died suddenly then cried for the rest of the day.
GRYT was where I was able to ask questions to others who had been diagnosed with my cancer type all of the questions I had. That knowledge is the best anyone could ever receive: knowledge of the unknown.
By knowing and having some kind of idea as to what was to come, I was better prepared to face all of the side effects and wonky things that went wrong during my own treatment. I learned to try to suck on ice cubes during infusion to help jaw pain several days after. I received some great help in figuring out how to best shower with a PICC line in my arm (the answer is: not very well). I was able to get some ideas for what I should look to eat after each infusion. And much, much more.
This knowledge was the greatest help for me.
Along with that, I participated in my first patient study through The GRYT Project. The intention was to help provide my experience to a pharmaceutical company to help them provide better treatment and education to those they were trying to help. It felt really good being able to provide firsthand experience and know that it might help others who were in my position in the future.
After getting through treatment and receiving “no evidence of disease” from my oncologist, I decided to reach out to GRYT and see how I could help.
Fast forward to today, where I can happily announce that I’m going to be helping in a large way. An impactful way. A way that can help GRYT reach more people who are in need of a human connection. To provide the knowledge of the unknown. To help elevate the patient voice in ways that have never elevated before.
I’ve never known a more dedicated group of people who are so selfless in their mission to help others. It’s a special kind of organization with a special kind of mission. I’m glad I get to be part of it.