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“A first of its kind, the cover photo is a bold and stigma-breaking choice.”

—ANNALISA VAN DEN BERGH

 

Press Release for Immediate Release

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Press Release
Type 1 diabetic injects herself with insulin on the cover of the largest bike travel magazine

For Immediate Release –– By sharing this, you help us celebrate people living with disabilities and send the message that more them ought to be featured in mainstream media.

Annalisa van den Bergh: (646) 320-4670, annalisavdbergh@gmail.com
Erik Douds: (201) 919-7044, erikdouds@gmail.com
The Adventure Cycling Association: (855) 787-7979

March #, 2019, Missoula, MT – Adventure Cyclist Magazine revealed [day of week] that The Ups and Downs of Touring with Type 1 will be the cover story of the April 2019 issue. The essay by Annalisa van den Bergh with photography by Erik Douds and Annalisa, tells the story of their 1,000-mile bicycle trip around Alaska through the lens of the blood sugar graphs they both use to manage their type 1 diabetes (T1D).

A first of its kind, the cover photo is a bold and stigma-breaking choice. To have a person with a disability injecting herself with insulin on the cover of a magazine with 52,000 subscribers and 100,000+ readers per issue sends a powerful message. It celebrates those living with disabilities and underlines the sentiment that, as Erik says, despite our limitations, we can go anywhere and do anything.

To have a person with a disability injecting herself with insulin on the cover of a magazine with 52,000 subscribers and 100,000+ readers per issue sends a powerful message.

“This is how we make our invisible disease visible.”
(Annalisa van den Bergh)


1.25 million Americans live with type 1 diabetes yet it’s still largely misunderstood. Through these blood sugar graphs that guide the reader through the feature article, Annalisa shares anecdotes from the road while educating the reader about what it’s like to live with this chronic condition that, in short, requires one to do all the work for their non-functioning pancreas.

“We meet so many people on the road because of this little patch on our arms that relays blood sugar readings every five minutes. It becomes a conversation starter and an educational tool.”

(Erik Douds)


How to get the April 2019 Issue

All members of Adventure Cycling receive Adventure Cyclist Magazine in the mail and have access to digital PDFs of the magazine online. Become a member ($45/year) by March 10th to receive this April issue that features the article, The Ups and Downs of Touring with Type 1.

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