One of the things I love about my favourite health bloggers—like Kerri—is how much they always have going on. One day, I would love to be able to make health activism my job, but I’m not there yet (and I’m not so sure I want to leave journalism. But that’s another story.) I’m a huge fan, too, of how much she does for her community, and I think she’s a great model of what health activism can look like.
I think the future of health activism is just more: more patient advocates sharing their own experiences. I think we’d all do the most good if we banded together instead of just focusing on our own diseases. My psoriatic arthritis isn’t so different from Wren‘s or Jillbean‘s rheumatoid arthritis. We’re helped by many of the same drugs and have many of the same demands.We’re hit with many of the same problems. Plus, added all together, those with different autoimmune diseases number many millions strong; imagine if we spoke with one voice. We’d be unstoppable!
So, I hope the future of health activism is more inclusive, more welcoming to different groups—and to people with symptoms but no diagnoses; I hope we one day realise a rising tide lifts us all to higher ground.
(Edited to add: See this? This is exactly why Kerri’s so awesome.)
This post was written as part of NHBPM – 30 health posts in 30 days: http://bit.ly/vU0g9J