When we think about heart disease and saving lives, we generally think of medical treatments, research, reducing risk factors, and helpful lifestyle changes. We should think of these things, but theres something important missing from this list - volunteering, advocating, and taking action to save lives.
That’s where the organization You’re the Cure comes in. You may think that being a volunteer advocate and taking action requires a great deal of time, but it doesn’t have to. The You’re the Cure web site allows each of us to be an advocate and spend as much or as little time as we may have. Along with an abundance of information, the web site has an efficient action center we can utilize to quickly contact our elected officials regarding important issues.
We don’t have to know how to talk to them, what to say, or even their email addresses. There are draft emails ready for us, and when we enter our addresses, the system automatically selects our officials and is ready to send our email. The draft emails can be sent as they are, or we can add to them to say something that we think is important.
This morning, in the space of about 15 minutes, I emailed my federal legislators about three issues, my state legislators about one issue, and sent thank-you emails to my state legislators for passing legislation requiring CPR to be taught to high school students. Not bad for 15 minutes in the comfort of home while still wearing my pajamas Oh, and I also registered to go to Charleston, the capitol of West Virginia, on February 2 for the American Heart Association West Virginia Advocacy Day.
You’re the Cure has now been in existence for more than 30 years. Here’s a video that will tell you more about the whys and whos:
I hope you’ll check out the You’re the Cure web site at www.yourethecure.org and consider joining me as a member. Working together, we CAN be the cure!
From my heart to yours,
Teri Robert is a leading patient educator and advocate and the author of Living Well with Migraine Disease and Headaches. A co-founder of the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy and the American Headache and Migraine Association, she received the National Headache Foundation’s Patient Partners Award and a Distinguished Service Award from the American Headache Society. Teri can be found on her website, and blog, Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Google+.