Today’s HAWMC prompt is “If I could do anything as a Health Activist . . . “
I will divide this into two areas, my goals for the next three to five years and my ultimate dream if money/time/resources were unlimited.
My dream is to grow A New Kind of Normal into a full-scale ministry. I most definitely plan to keep blogging (as long as you all will have me!). I would love to write a book and I would absolutely love to start a small group ministry for individuals with chronic illness and their caregivers in my area. Both of these goals feel much more attainable since making the decision to pursue disability. Before this week, every last bit of energy was spent in the office leaving nothing behind for my family or the ministry I feel called to. It has definitely been a struggle between trying to keep working to keep the benefits coming in but also knowing that I’m not able to do what I feel called by God to do which is first and foremost being a wife and mother and then being a minister. There is still a lot of unknown about our future as we are only in the beginning of our journey towards full disability (which I know will be a fight and may be lengthy) but I know in my heart that this is what is best for myself and my family. I had been praying and praying for God’s direction and when we had the discussion with my doctor about finally making a decision to pull me out of work, I saw His hand in it. My doctor does not take disability lightly at all (in fact, I will be her first patient that she has put out of work because of endometriosis and its complications) and I know in my gut, her decision was God-led. I am really, really looking forward to what God has in store!
My no holds barred dream would be to open up a “full-service” women’s health care center. I am such a believer in holistic health and treating the whole patient (physically, mentally, and spiritually) and I wish that instead of a patient having to visit six different offices that she could visit one office and see a physician, a counselor, a dietician, and even a trainer. A patient could have a whole team of professionals that would work together to provide total healthcare.
These are some of my dreams for my future as a health activist and I know that I will work towards bringing awareness and education for chronic illness as long as there is life within me! If you could do anything as a health activist (with no limitations!), what would it be?