So here we are. HAWMC has come to an
end, and here at MMG, we managed to participate-in our own way-each
day. It's been an interesting and rewarding experience to be a part
of the activist community, if only for these 30 days. As we've
posted each day, we've also been reading posts each day, learning
more and more about people who face challenging diagnoses and may
struggle to make their voices heard. It's wonderful to see how
social media and a challenge like the Health Activist Writer's
Month Challenge can make a difference.
Given that we are a business and not a person, each prompt made
us think outside the box a bit to see how we fit in. What do we
really understand about the patient populations we're reaching out
to, and what else do we have to learn? After 30 days, we've learned
a great deal-and we've learned that there's still a great deal to
From our perspective, the most interesting prompts were the ones
that asked people to get personal and share a little of themselves
with a larger audience. This is the beauty of social media (and
yes, sometimes it's what can get more than a little ugly about
social media, too). But the only way we can be sure we're talking
to patients in the right way and using the right words to do so is
to ensure that we know who the patients are. We have to know their
hurts and their sorrows. We have to know what makes them smile and
what makes them cringe. This challenge has helped us to do
I think what anyone learns from an experience like this is how
important it is to step outside of your own world, out of your
comfort zone, and try to feel what others are feeling and see what
others are seeing. On that note, we end our participation in the
HAWMC challenge by sharing this video from the Cleveland Clinic.
They ask us: What if you could see people's thoughts, feelings?
Would it make a difference? I think it would.