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Help, Hurt or Don’t Know

Many of us know more about celebrities and politicians health status than we do about our own health status.  We’ve lived through Farah Fawcett’s colorectal cancer, we have been privy to countless celebrities experience of breast cancer, we are aware of Tony Snow’s recurrence of what is now metastatic colon cancer.

 Does it help or hurt us to know about these people.  When the outcome is good I believe that these public figures offer hope to the many facing these illnesses.  When the outcome is sorrowful are we mourning for the individual loss or the collective conscious loss?  Does it rob anyone facing these challenges of the hope they need to keep fighting.

 Remember that pilgrims walk their path for their own personal mission.  Pilgrims look to face the challenges that arise when everything in life is being questioned.  It’s an introspective path that can turn into outward expressions of change.

I do believe that famous people bring attention to the realities of illness.  I believe that celebrity status will do more on Capital Hill to gain funding than if Jane Doe went before the Congressional committees asking for money to continue research. 

Overall it’s a mixed bag so as you walk the journey be cautious about where you put your energies and how closely you follow the journey of others.  Be conscious of your journey!  Know the outcome you want!  Believe that your story makes a difference to many!  Live the life of a pilgrim!


I've lived my life in service to others. I'm focused on mental health and how it impacts our relationships, culture, and society. Through creative expression and narrative I believe we can impact change.

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