At just 29 years old, Aaron was diagnosed with cancer. Although he beat his sickness, an unforeseen side effect of his chemotherapy would further alter his life. His thyroid began overproducing fat, and as it continued to overwork, Aaron began gaining weight. Eventually, he started having trouble accessing transportation services and entering buildings. When he became home-bound, his partner, Bella, reached out to , hoping to get him medical attention he urgently needed.
Colorado Access connected Bella and Aaron to STRIDE. Previously, they had to take an ambulance to and from his medical appointments. To get through hallways, Aaron often had to use a gurney, which sometimes didn’t fit through doorways in older buildings. These issues didn’t deter Aaron’s team at STRIDE though – they were determined to get him the care he deserved.
乐动体育官方网站Aaron’s care coordinator, Kevin, reached out to his supervisor to see if he could schedule a home visit with Aaron’s medical provider and MA. After months in the making, Kevin, along with Aaron’s provider, Jessica, and her MA, Rosalia, were approved to meet Aaron for a home visit.
乐动体育官方网站“We kept getting turned down from the ambulance companies to go to my appointments. I had given up. I didn’t think anything would happen. We got no’s and no’s and no’s…but still, you pushed,” Aaron remembered. “STRIDE stood up and faced the rain until we saw the rainbow. As someone who is literally home-bound and stuck, I was elated.”
Aaron admitted that he was anxious he would not be able to get the appointment fulfilled. But Aaron also has a fighter spirit, and the fact that STRIDE could meet him somewhere where he felt comfortable was like a load off his shoulders. He said his first home visit was exhilarating and one of the best things that’s happened to him in a long time.
“There are a lot of people stuck like I was,” he shared. “But as soon as I saw Kevin and my care team, I felt at ease. I felt taken care of. They had fought so hard for me, and I got a doctor. Somebody came into my house, after a bad experience, and I’ll tell you: it’s pulled me out of a dark place. I’ve gotten a new lease on life.”
乐动体育官方网站His appointment went smoothly and without issue. The STRIDE team was able to gather information and address Aaron and Bella’s concerns in a timely manner. Both parties experienced a little bit of nervousness going into the appointment since it was their first time doing a home visit; however, it turned out to be an effective, informative, and pleasant experience. There was rapport that was built quickly, which will help in continuing to get the care that Aaron was very grateful to receive.
“I grew up in foster care, I grew up in a lot of places where people say they care. But they’re there for the paycheck. STRIDE has gone above and beyond,” Aaron said. “Through the process of losing your voice, losing your legs, losing your faculties, you feel – a lot of times you don’t even feel like a person. 99% of the time I feel like a burden, and that day I felt normal. It felt good. It’s been a long time since I felt like that – like that I belonged. I felt community.”
乐动体育官方网站Since then, Kevin has helped connect Aaron to Telepsych, an online behavioral health provider. And, because of the success of Aaron’s appointment, Kevin has his second home visit scheduled with another patient later this year.
“STRIDE helped over the path that I thought was completely blocked,” Aaron said. “You’ve given me my dignity back. You’ve given me my voice back. And one day, I hope that I get on my feet. And you’ve given me hope for that. At the end of the day, I have a flickering light of hope. In this world, sometimes life feels intolerable, but I have dreams again. Thank you.”