Your voice, your ideas, your mission matter. What you have to say deserves to be heard so you can make the impact you long to. I know this all too well from personal experience.
The doctors told my parents that I had a 20% chance of living due to heart failure and damage caused to the left side of my body.
The wonders of modern surgery managed to save my life, however the multiple stays in the hospital as a small child were far from fun or empowering.
Me: "Doctor, I don't want the residents to touch me."
Doctor: “This is how they learn and what we do here.”
😕Living with an "invisible' illness my whole life, I heard things like this over and over...
➡️Doctor to Nurse: “See this on the monitor. Someone died of this last week.”
➡️Me: “I have a heart condition. I need rest.”
Teachers, friends, family & colleagues: “You look fine. Don’t be such a drama queen.”