Community Voices, distinct views

 

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As a journalist and marketer I was shocked. I didn’t expect to receive this email from the Dallas Morning News in mid-February:

Congratulations, you have been selected for the Dallas Morning News Community Voices Class of 2018. I’m thrilled about this year’s class, a group of particularly strong writers and thinkers.

The note came from Assistant Editorial Editor Elizabeth Souder. I was among a group of 24 writers named to the Community Voices Class of 2018 based on a sample op-ed submitted at the end of 2017 (it was about my personal health care journey) along with my biography. As a Voices columnist, I can submit articles which will be reviewed by staff for possible inclusion in the paper.

Our group has already convened once to meet one another and pitch op-ed ideas. A diverse group of individuals with compelling stories and experiences to share, I look forward to learning more from these new associates in upcoming meetings.

Thank you, Dallas Morning News.

Moving ahead

no more secrets
For all my talk about “speaking up” (see previous blog posts), I haven’t been true to my word. That hurts.

I’ve failed to voice my own truth. Blocked it. Denied it. Imagined the worst if I disclosed the “secret.”

I took a very tiny step to sharing my story on Facebook on Oct. 9 with the headline “Infusion day” with this photo.

Ocrevus infusion
And when friends asked what was going on after seeing this cryptic message, I said:

New MS drug Ocrevus. Replaces Tysabri.

“I didn’t know,” “Thinking of you,” “Sending you warm wishes,” were among the responses. As the conductor on the denial train, readers would just have to imagine some more; figure it out, whatever.

Then this morning I read Option B:  Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant. These words, these authors, were speaking directly to me. The book presents real stories, offering practical advice for life’s challenges. I would highly recommend this book to anyone.

I feel better now. Much better.