Photo Friday: Wisdom of Crowds
I took this photo in 2015 at the offices of Health Union, the parent company of Migraine.com. I was, and still am, intrigued by the artwork of the brain made up by hands. The artwork was created with chalk on a blackboard, with incredible detail and precision. The hands represent working together, which beautifully depicts the quote inscribed in chalk below the image:
The wisdom of crowds is considerably greater than any one person working alone.
Writing could be lonely…if I let it. The best part of chronicling my illness has been sharing the thoughts from my defective brain with others, creating a dialogue. Some of the easiest things to write have been inspired by conversations with my migraine and chronic pain family. There’s beauty in listening to different viewpoints to create a shared message.
The notion that a crowd is louder together than individual voices extends into advocacy. What is it that we all want others to know? How do we want people to react? Why is it important to us? The answer to those questions are different for each person. But as a crowd, or a community, we want others to treat us with compassion, we want to educate, we want more research. There is no better time than now to raise our voices collectively so we can be heard.
I have a special connection in so many ways to Georgetown University and its Hospital.
Shown here are my fellow Headache on the Hill participants as we talk to a staffer from Congressman Don Beyers office from VA. I was so incredibly proud of how well our group was able to mesh together to get our message across. Two of us had chronic migraine, one had cluster headache, two were…
Since its inception, I’ve received insurance through the Affordable Care Act. It was enacted almost at the same time the I went on disability and lost coverage under my employer. I was still in the process of applying for Social Security Disability and knew that it could be years before I was eligible for Medicare.…