After leaving HealtheVoices last weekend, I am left thinking about all of the people that put in so much work and effort into advocacy and support. Running a Facebook group, blog, support group, and other diabetes-endeavorers, myself, I know that this work is hard and it's never ending and after spending time with people who put in the time day in and day out, I have come to realize how much passion and motivation comes from truly believing in the power of your own voice.
There are people living with very serious chronic illnesses that involve lots of pain, appointments, ups and downs, yet they still have time to go out there and get things done for their community - to give back and to spread the word and their voice. I met so many people that are not only strong advocates in their relative communities, but also raising families and holding 9-5 jobs.
I wanted to take the time to say how powerful it is to share each others efforts, work, and voice. To help elevate those that are putting in so much time simply because they believe in the power of their voice and that there is a way to help one another through text, photos and a conversation. I am so honoured to know so many great advocates not only in the diabetes sphere, but beyond.
There is so much power in sharing one another work! I wanted to highlight a couple people who are doing amazing work in their communities and I hope to share more as I go along!
Anna Norton: https://diabetessisters.org/ (Type 1 Diabetes)
Barby Ingle: http://barbyingle.com/ (Chronic Pain)
Emily Robinson: https://youareinthisworld.com/ (Mental Health)
Jim Snedden: https://awildandflakyguy.com/ (Psoriasis)