This post is part of the Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge hosted by WEGO Health. I will be writing a post a day for all 30 days. You can learn more about it here:http://info.wegohealth.com/HAWMC2012.
Best conversation I had this week. Try writing script-style (or with dialogue) today to recap an awesome conversation you had this week.
*note: I had to approximate the conversation, since I didn’t have a transcript. I’m using “friend” instead of her name, since I didn’t get a chance to ask her if it was ok for me to post this here.
Friend: I just read your latest post about the time capsule. LOVE.
Me: Aw. Thanks!
Friend: But, you know, there isn’t enough of YOU in there. It’s all about your disease.
Me: Well, yeah, I guess … but it’s a HEALTH time capsule…
Friend: Sure. But you aren’t your disease! When people open up that time capsule, you want them to know about you and how you lived with your disease. Not just about the disease. You are NOT your disease.
Perhaps this seems like such a little thing, at least on the surface. Here’s the thing, though: those of us with a chronic illness seem to spend half of our conversations trying to explain this to people. (The other half we spend trying to convince them that we’re sick in the first place. Ha.) So when a friend actually comes out and says this, it’s like a huge victory. At least, it was to me. This conversation definitely made my whole week. It was nice to know that at least one person in my life realizes that there is more to me than my disease (even if I don’t always manage to).
(For the record, I did go make some edits to the time capsule post.)