Be the Change – Save a Life

On December 28, 2010, in Uncategorized, by Andrea

ABC News is doing a great new series about small things that normal people — people like you and me — can do to enact REAL change in the world.  Not people who have millions upon millions of dollars, or those with IQs of 187 or eidetic memories.  Normal people.  You.  Me.  The elementary school down the street.

So I watched the first show and was thinking about our own little community.

So I walk up on high and step to the edge to see my world below.
And I laugh at myself, as the tears roll down.
Cause it’s the world I know, it’s the world I know.

Some of us are already contributing to the community.

And it’s amazing.  Because for so many of us, we come into WLS being broken.  I know I certainly was not simply fat due only to metabolism or medication.  Sure, my shoddy metabolism wasn’t helping.  But when I DID get hungry, binging on Long John’s or KFC did not help matters much.  I am not blind to this fact.  Some have legitimate complaints – I was not one of them.

So looking back to our community?  Look at how many come out trying to help those that come after us.

  • We have those who are seeking professional degrees in psychology. (Please make sure you are doing this to help fix others and not yourselves?  but yes, we need this, badly, like NOW..  especially in transfer addictions?  Like immediately?  Yesterday would NOT be too soon.  K?  Thanks.)
  • Some have gone into business to help others get the gazillions of products to their peers easier.  Let’s face it – not everyone wants to buy off the internet.  I don’t have a problem with it, but I do understand it.
  • We’ve got authors (and some “authors” even) writing about various aspects of the surgery.  Most are memoirs (otherwise known as “How I lost my weight and how disgustingly happy I am being this skinny!  But don’t read this if you want to know anything about supplements, protein, eating, etc. after surgery.”) but there are a few cookbooks and “how-to” manuals mixed in the pile.
  • We have more “Bariatric Life Coaches” than you can shake a stick at.  And honestly, I don’t really know why, but to each their own.
  • There are the “Professional Post-Op” group.  I’m not really sure what some of these peeps do other than be, well, them.  But again, to each their own.
  • Bloggers.. oh yeah.. we have more than our fair share.  Tons and tons… including perhaps one of our most influential – Beth, aka Melting Mama.
  • And we have Bariatric Advocates.

Plus the people the fall in between.  Like me.  I think I’m an advocate as well as a blogger.  I don’t know.. I’m not really one for labels, actually.

While this list seems exhaustive, I truly believe more people should be doing more for ourselves and our community.  And it doesn’t require millions of dollars or a super high IQ to do it.  In many cases, it doesn’t even require a great deal of time.

It simply requires the strength of character to stand up and be counted.

If you’ve followed me for any length of time, you know I believe in self-advocacy.  I believe in taking charge in one’s personal health as no one truly understands what it’s like to live in your own skin.

But I also think it’s important to give back to the community in some way.

So what if you aren’t good at cooking and creating WLS recipes like Shelly, Nik, Jen, or Rob? (I certainly am not.)  Or writing uplifting articles like Yvonne?  (Again, so not me..)  Not good at organizing events like Antonia?  (You aren’t alone.)  Not good at blogging like Beth or Pam?  (I struggle at it as well.  Trust me.  This post, in my mind, blows.  And it’s going on 9 days.  Seriously.)  Not a glittery, super positive person in life like Cari?  (Join our club.  No, seriously – there’s a club for us.  Some of us just cannot rock pink high heels.)

Going to a local support group is helpful — especially if you are out a while so you can help pre-ops and new post-ops with questions and issues.  Answering questions online through facebook or forums like ObesityHelp is more helpful than you can believe.  Becoming a person’s Angel during surgery might be your choice.  Or just being a voice to stand up and be counted for the community proves the numbers are there to require studies on us for medical research.  And yes! We WANT that medical research for vitamins, for medicine, for all of the above to see how things work on US.

Please think.  Decide what YOU have to give.  It doesn’t have to be much, but whatever gift you give, give with your whole heart and it will be worthy.

Has our conscience shown?  Has the sweet breeze blown?
Has all kindness gone?  Hope still lingers on.
I drink myself of newfound pity,
Sitting alone in New York City and I don’t know why.

Are we listening to hymns of offering?
Have we eyes to see?  Love is gathering.
All the words I’ve been reading have now started the act of bleeding into one.

So I walk up on high and step to the edge to see my world below.
And I laugh at myself, as the tears roll down.
Cause it’s the world I know, it’s the world I know.

I drink myself of newfound pity,
Sitting alone in New York City and I don’t know why.
I don’t know why.

So I walk up on high and step to the edge to see my world below.
And I laugh at myself, as the tears roll down.
Cause it’s the world I know, it’s the world I know.
Yeah I walk up on high and step to the edge to see my world below.
And I laugh at myself, as the tears roll down.
Cause it’s the world I know.

— Collective Soul

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1 Response » to “Be the Change – Save a Life”

  1. Great post. We all have something we can contribute. Even just answering questions on the forum when needed.

    You’ve done a great job helping others out with all the vitamin/mineral info!

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