November 9, 2011

I am Hope

My personal brand. As a Health Activist, you are a front-facing leader. What do you imagine you look like to your readers? What qualities do you possess. It’s ok to toot your own horn today – you have full permission to indulge. And don’t hold back.


What do I look like to my readers?  Good question.  But I'm not really sure how to answer that.  Id like to think I look like me.  Id like to think that I'm am the kind of person that when someone reads my blog they can hear me saying them.  Or the person that when people meet, that meet me and say I am just like they would have imagined.  In a good way of course!  Because what I write is me.  My life, my experience, my words.  Its all me.

I honestly was going to uses a skip for this prompt.  I was sick as a dog yesterday and just didn't have the energy to sit down and write this out.  Better late than never right?

I sat here staring at the prompt and wondering my personal brand was.  Do I have one?  I just couldn't come up with anything.  One thing I have been struggling with is reading and comprehending what I'm reading.  Id like to thank my liver and HE for that.  But when I read things, even Anthonys first grade homework, I have to read and re read and then try to remember and understand what to do.  And of course not get off track like I just did.  OK

A front facing leader.  Me?  Nah. I'm more of the sharing type.  Being front and center, not my thing.  Unless its for a good cause.  Wait.  Liver Disease and Organ Donation awareness is a good cause.  And I would do anything I could to help spread that awareness.  So, I guess that makes me a leader?  Well I'm getting there anyways.

What do I look like to my readers?  Good question.  But I'm not really sure how to answer that.  Id like to think I look like me.  Id like to think that I'm am the kind of person that when someone reads my blog they can hear me saying them.  Or the person that when people meet, that meet me and say I am just like they would have imagined.  In a good way of course!  Because what I write is me.  My life, my experience, my words.  Its all me.

But a brand?  My brand? I'm lost.  Or I thought I was.  I made a comment on twitter that I might skip this prompt because I had no idea what my brand is.  And got this from my ever so sweet and supportive friend Stacy.

 your "brand" my dear is Hope! With a huge scoop of perseverance & the sweetest taste of motherhood that ever was!! 

Hope.  When I started this blog, the first word that came to mind was Hope.  It was what I needed.  What I knew would get me though this journey that I'm on.  When I started to research Budd Chiari Syndrome, I felt hopeless.  There aren't very many people out there with it.  Well actually there are quite a few, but no one talking about it. I wanted to know what to expect and what I was facing.  And came up with nothing more than mortality rates and one blog in which the lady abruptly stopped posting after writing that things were bad.  Yes, I felt hopeless. I dug deep and found the strength to fight.  I could not just give up.  My boys needed me. At the time my oldest was 3 and I was pregnant with my second.  I found hope.  And I'm here today sharing that hope with all of you.

**Special thanks to Stacy for always knowing how to help me.  If you are a parent, or not, you have to check out her website Kids Stuff World.  This is one amazing mom, woman and friend! She is a blessing**

This post was written as part of NHBPM - 30 health posts 30 days:  http://bit.ly/vU0g9J   

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