DSMA Live with Kyrra Richards on 12/1/2011
Kyrra Richards, founder of Myabetic
Myabetic was founded by Kyrra Richards, a professional dancer and teacher. In 2007, Kyrra traveled to Afghanistan and Qatar to perform at American military bases. While there, her diet was very restricted.
Kyrra returned to the United States with an insatiable thirst and a voracious appetite. Yet, inexplicably, she was losing weight. Her doctor ordered a blood test and discovered that Kyrra’s glucose level had reached 485. The military’s high-carbohydrate meals (meant to nourish troops serving in the desert) had pushed her pancreas to its limit. She was rushed to the hospital where an endocrinologist diagnosed her with type 1 diabetes.
The procession from specialist to specialist began. Kyrra became depressed by the austere doctors’ offices and cold, clinical equipment. On a whim, in an effort to brighten her outlook and accept her condition, she sketched her vision of fun and appealing medical apparatus. Included among them were stylish testing cases where she could carry her insulin pen, glucometer, testing strips, and lancets.
After a thorough search, Kyrra found nothing on the market that came close to what she envisioned. Committed to her belief that diabetes would not keep her from living the life of her dreams, Myabetic was born to promote a positive attitude and healthy lifestyle.