On March 24 2018, I kickstarted an ambitious project to eradicate health-related discrimination.
43 amazing people who were struggling with disability, chronic disease and caring for loved ones with health issues joined me for a full-day workshop at Fishburners in Brisbane.
For the backstory on why I started this initiative, read my blog post on LinkedIn.
At the workshop, we created the start of a movement to empower people affected by health-related isolation to powerfully express their experience of life through blogging.
I was speechless as I listened to Santi Velasquez recount the story about how he had to translate to his own parents that he was not good enough in the education department’s eyes to attend regular school. He’s now developing technology to enable blind people to access digital content like maps and images in real time. So, they were clearly wrong.
I was moved when Sally Thibault encouraged attendees to shift past their fear and express themselves.
I was deeply humbled when journalist and Young Care Ambassador, Jamie-Lee Dwyer rolled up in her wheelchair with her carer and wrote a touching and raw blog post about intimacy.
I was moved, inspired and grateful.
We had Autistic people (including my own son Daniel), Cancer survivors, people who struggle with anxiety and depression, people with debilitating diseases, and a few curious onlookers who just wanted to be inspired.
The event was also live-streamed via Facebook Live reaching an international audience. Incredible!
And this is just the beginning. I am committed to inspiring 150 people to share their beautiful, brave and eye-opening stories. The question is, are you going to create one of them?