My blog posts have been less frequent because of the most wonderful reason—I have been selected to give a TED talk and the event is this Sunday. It is a huge honor. For those of you who do not know what TED is, it is “a nonprofit devoted to ideas worth spreading.” (TED.com – warning: TED is wonderfully addicting) This Sunday there is a licensed TED event – TEDx Grass Valley. All the speakers are women and the theme is “The Space Between.”
Writing this speech, I have thought about all the ways hepatitis C inhabits our lives. It lives in the spaces of our bodies—in the liver, blood, brain. Hepatitis C dwells in our relationships. It occupies our thoughts, our prayers, our work and our play. To those of us who have it, it inhabits every part of us.
However, hepatitis C is not just a problem for patients; it concerns everyone. Hepatitis C affects healthcare costs, job performance, and Medicare dollars. It also affects us all because we are bound together by our common humanity, sharing this solitary planet. Therefore, we all share the responsibility for lifting the burden and creating a world that is free from hepatitis C.
This Sunday, I ask you to hold positive thoughts as I deliver the message that there is no space between those who have hepatitis C and those that don’t. When there is a link to the video, I will post it. Thank you for your support.