National Health Blog Post Month

If I Could Do Anything as a Health Activist

NHBPM Day 6 Prompt: Get aspirational. Money is no longer an option. What is your biggest goal that is now possible? How could you get there? Now bring it back down to size. How much of this can you accomplish now, in a year, in five years?

As I sit here thinking about what to write for this post, I must admit that the first line of the prompt is a bit confusing.  “Money is no longer an option”? As I think about it, I believe that option should actually be object.  Money is no longer an object, meaning I have all the money I need to complete the grand ideas about which this prompt is asking.  Yes, that makes much more sense to me now.

If I were in a position where money were abundant and I didn’t have to worry about how to pay for insurance, medications, testing supplies, and other bills, I would quit my job and devote all of my time and energy to diabetes and heart disease advocacy.  I would turn the things I’m passionate about into my full time job.

I would love to be able to spend my time traveling the country, sharing my story and meeting people living with diabetes and congestive heart failure.  I want to be able to attend more of the meetings and conferences that my friends and fellow advocates attend.  In fact, if money really were no object, I’d buy a bus and a jet to travel in.  And I would make them available to others in the community who wanted to attend different events but didn’t have the means to get there.

And the Diabetes Online Community would finally have the D Prom of our dreams, and everyone in the community would be able to attend the event.

Sounds nice, doesn’t it?  Sadly, that’s just not the reality in which I live.

I have no money, no buses or planes, and no sponsors either.  I live paycheck to paycheck, just like so many millions of people do.  I just try make the most of the resources I have available.

I have a computer, a blog, a telephone, and a community full of amazing, intelligent, and passionate friends.  And when I combine those resources with my sense of creativity and determination, I know that anything can be accomplished.  If only I try.

This post was written as part of NHBPM – 30 health posts in 30 days:

Living with a Confusing Pancreas and a Broken Heart at age 36 #Diabetes #LADA #CongestiveHeartFailure. #MakeDiabetesVisible Creator, #ALittleHeartCanDoBigThings Creator, Advocate, Blogger, Nature Photographer.