I am writing this from sunny Southern California where the USC Trojans are killing Penn State in the Rose Bowl.
Along Pacific Coast Highway in “the O.C.” (Orange County) everyone looks so healthy. Perfect lives. Perfect families right?
Dig deeper and you quickly see it’s not so. One man told me about his diabetes and high blood pressure. He has sleep apnea and Graves Disease (a thyroid condition) too. He is worried about it.
My brother-in-law, visiting for the day, worries about his teenage son with a bone cyst. The doctors don’t agree on what to do.
And back home, at the supermarket before we left this year’s “snow country” of Seattle, an old friend confided in me about her daughter with high functioning autism. The mom was despondent because “everyone else in our town” has children where their health is perfect.
I get to hear it all as people seem to talk to me like I was a country doctor. I listen empathetically. And I tell them all that they are not alone, and, as we age in 2009, more of us will be living with a health concern for ourselves or a loved one.
I am glad people seem willing to talk about it more. Not only talking to me, but sharing their story on websites like Patient Power. We can help each other showing that virtually no one has a family where there is perfect health. Even if physical health is good I am betting mental or behavioral health may not be. Everyone has some concern and in 2009 I think it is healthy to talk about it to people who can support you in getting to a better place. Truly, you are not alone.
In 2009 Patient Power will step up our community activities. We’ll showcase the stories of more patients and caregivers in audio, text, and videos you send us. We’ll be active on Facebook.com, MySpace, and Twitter. And we’ll publicize our new 24/7 Patient Power Radio channel on Internet Radio.
If, my co-author, Mary Thomas, and I our are lucky, a top publisher will bite on our developing book, “Save Your Life on the Internet.”
I am excited about the coming year and thankful for the thousands of people worldwide everyday who make use of our content and appreciating that we have no ads, no agendas, just a mission of helping you be healthier and know you are not alone.
Here’s a wish for 2009 that we all work together even more for the better health of our families and others families too!