Excerpt from my interview with Cassidy Robinson, published on DiabetesMine, 14 April 2017
I met Cassidy Robinson years ago at a JDRF Type One Summit on a beautiful Sunday morning in Orange County, CA. It was a morning filled with inspirational speakers and informational sessions… and then finally lunch! I ended up sitting next to this 20-something T1 and we struck up a conversation. She was diagnosed at age 2 but didn’t really start taking her diabetes management seriously until her early 20s, she told me. She got connected to a local support group and the Diabetes Online Community, and the rest is history!
Cassidy and I stayed in touch. She was born, raised and living/working in Southern California, but the next thing I knew, she had upped and moved to Manhattan! I’m a native New Yorker and was so excited for her to experience NY and the East Coast.
When I had an opportunity for our local D-support group to participate in a pilot program for online counseling to discuss resiliency, Cassidy jumped right in, even though it meant going online every two weeks at 9pm NY time (yeah, she’s young, it really wasn’t keeping her up late!).
And then, the next thing I hear: Cassidy is one of 22 T1 bike riders participating this summer in the Beyond Type 1 Bike Beyond program. This is a ride from New York City all the way to San Francisco — really, about 4,300 miles over the span of 70 days (60 riding and 10 days of events and PR).
Read more: Biking Across America with Type 1 Diabetes
And for MORE Cassidy … she was recently a T1 CoHost on The Bonnier Sher UBN Internet Radio/TV weekly broadcast and she was a burst of energy!