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Jennifer J.

California, United States

2020 Doing Something For You

My friend's name is Jennifer. I've been wanting to do something for her and once I learned about The Comeback, I knew this was it. I've known Jen for 20+ years. She's so kind hearted, thoughtful, funny, just a wonderful human being. Jen has been through a lot in her life. She suffers from PTSD/anxiety. In 2010, the most difficult time in her life, was when Jen lost her best friend, her brother and only sibling, Rich. He was murdered by their step-father on his front porch while his wife and 3 young girls were home. That day, I was supposed to spend the day with Jen, her nieces, and my daughter. Then I got the call in the morning, Jen was a mess. Ever since that day, she has suffered from PTSD and anxiety. You see, Jen and her brother were not only best friends, they were cycling buddies. That's what they did together, every week. Now, it's a challenge for Jen to get on her bike and go on a ride on her own. Not many of her friends cycle, and because of her anxiety, she has a hard time often in social situations. It takes a lot for her to join organized bike rides. She doesn't ride like she used to. When she's on a bike or with her dog, she's the happiest. Now her father is ill. He has Waldenstrom Macroglobulinemia, a rare type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. She's at the hospital everyday, is exhausted, calls and cries to me. She's not exercising, and is not taking the best care of herself. I keep on telling her she needs to take care of herself to stay healthy for her dad. She works two jobs, one as a cycling instructor. My concern is her stress level with her PTSD/anxiety. Several times she has told me she can't take much more. If it wasn't for her dog, Charlie, I'm not sure what life would be like for her. I think having the convenience of a Peloton Bike at home and the support of the Peloton community would do wonders for her. She's one of my best friends. She has a big heart. I'm always praying for something positive to happen to her.

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