Earlier this year, I attended the Personalized Medicine World Conference in Mountain View, CA. One of the speakers started out his presentation posing several questions to the audience:
“How many of you are physicians?
How many of you are scientists?
How many of you are venture capitalists?”
Several hands went up after each question was posted. His last question to us was, “How many of you are patients?” At that point, EVERY hand in the room was raised. That was the single commonality among each of us in that room, and that is something that binds each and every one of US together. What a powerful message he was bringing to us!
As a collective of patients, we had become a community of healthcare consumers where we could share and discuss our opinions and experiences about disease, about health and wellness, about traditional versus alternative care.
When it boils down to it, no one is more invested in our own health and wellness than we are ourselves. Our health care providers, our friends, and our families care for us and want us to be healthy. But it is up to each one of us to stay that way, and we have choices. Educate yourself, practice prevention, and live a happier, healthier life!