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It Only Takes One

Article posted on Wednesday, September, 1st, 2010 at 8:44 am

When Neely was sent to the PICU over a year ago the weight of what we were facing seemed insurmountable.  I remember that feeling of being overwhelmed where nothing seemed to be within our control.   I learned that when there is no clear direction – you just take the first step.

Its the hardest step to take, the next one is easier.  And similar “first steps” have been taken (as a result of Neely’s Story) many times since then.

Steps that connect families.

Steps that share stories.

Steps that save lives.

Steps that empower patients.

And Steps that lead to change for good.

This week I saw someone else take a difficult, but important first step toward change for good.  We read it and hear it all the time….But it really is the little things in life that make the most difference. (I like to think of them  as little steps.)  I was reading a book last week  (Ok, I confess, It was yet another business book that my sister tells me I’m boring for reading.) Anyway this book had one line that said “Remember, It’s about People. Living, breathing human beings with hopes and dreams, pet peeves, and a whole bunch of emotional baggage.”  So forgive me for being a little melodramatic when I say – to me that statement went a lot deeper than just talking about how to create awareness and reach people.  For me, that statement means if everyone is willing to look in the mirror and truly assess the “part” they are playing, acknowledge whether they are part of the problem or part of the solution, and put all arrogance aside to work toward change for good…then we can make a real difference.

We can learn from each other.

We can solve problems.

We can Empower Patients.

And we can save lives.

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