Friday, April 5, 2013

If I Could Do Anything As A Health Activist...

Welcome to Day 5 of WEGO Health's HAWMC Day 5! So glad you could make it.

Today I'm imagining what I would do if money, time, and physical limitations were not an issue.

My Primary Goal Is To Raise Awareness

Nothing is more frustrating than having a health professional not know what Lupus is, especially during Lupus awareness month. I mean, it's more common than MS, Cystic Fibrosis, Cerebral Palsy, and Sickle cell anemia COMBINED! And yet people know more about these health problems than they do about Lupus.

I would really like to start working on creating a YouTube channel teaching others about Lupus and helping others create the healthy foundation needed to live a full life. To meet this goal, I'd need more time and enough money to support myself while creating these videos. Working two jobs and trying to finish school does not offer me much time to work on what I am passionate about.

Creating videos also takes energy. You have to set up the camera, your equipment, and then you actually have to film it. Once you've finished filming, you have to edit it until it turns into something presentable to the public. If funds were not an issue, I'd definitely invest in a better editing program, some better film equipment, and some real lighting equipment. Right now I'm using some cardboard wrapped in tin foil as a light reflector.

Social Media

I have really been slacking in the Social Media department. I haven't been connecting with others much at all, I haven't been sharing many valuable resources, and I haven't participated in any health chats in a long time. I miss the days when I didn't really have a job so that I could keep up to date with everything going on in the health world. Don't get me wrong, I'm very happy that I even have a job. But I miss interacting with people in the health community.

Raising Money

One thing that Lupus lacks is a lot of funding for research. This goes hand in hand with raising awareness because it is nearly impossible to raise money for something people know nothing about. 

I would like to start a money-raising campaign that not only raises money, but is a lot of fun to participate in. Or watch. And something that will help others. Not quite sure yet. Maybe something like "If I raise 5k I will donate my time at a food shelter" or maybe knock something crazy off my bucket list. Petting or feeding a hippo, anyone?

If I had money, time, and energy to do anything as a health activist, what would you like to see me do?

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