May 6th: Not Just Another Day

In less than a month I'll be taking part in Wishbone Day  - a day of international awareness for Osteogenesis Imperfecta. Obviously it's the condition that I was born with, but there are hundreds of reasons beyond myself for why I will be rockin' out in yellow on May 6th. And to explain some of those other reasons let's look at what's been going on this month alone.

April is the month for/of:
  • Parkinson's Awareness. Did you know there are an estimated seven to ten million people worldwide with Parkinson's? And each year there are 60,000 Americans who are diagnosed with this chronic and progressive movement disorder.  
  • Siblings Day. Nationally celebrated every year on April 10th, it's a day that marks a bond that often transcends and outlasts any other family relationship.   
  • This list could go on and become much longer...

Here is why all that matters to you: 

The likelihood that there is a member of our: communities, workplaces, schools, religious organizations, and families represented within each of those bullet points listed above is highly likely. This month we take the time to recognize some of those folks; we remember not only that they are important to us & matter in our lives, but recognize the unique paths each person travels on and because those paths at times intersect with our own - how rich our lives become. 

The point of dedicating one day or month out of the year for a special cause isn't always to look for a cure. When our Congress person or President signs an official proclamation for an Awareness Day, that piece of paper doesn't translate into more sales in shopping malls. It doesn't mean that those for whom the day is dedicated to should expect freebies or hand-outs. What it does mean is a time to recognize, empower, advocate, educate, comfort, give -- to simply come together and acknowledge our shared experiences, and in doing so make that be the difference for someone else. It only has to start with one person. 

And for me it began with you. Somehow when I made my first blog post last May you came and found me; you read it, then you continued to read, then we got to talking and the rest is history. You're that one person who began to help me break barriers, and then when a couple hundred more came along you encouraged me to continue. So, to get back to my reason for why I'll be wearing yellow on May 6th? You. For all the hundreds of you's: let's shine in yellow together! 

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