Chronic Disease Awareness Day at the Capitol – Denver

Once, it was simply called MS Day at the Capitol but in the last couple of years, it has expanded to encompass 34 volunteer health organizations that cover a wide variety of diseases and re-titled, “Chronic Disease Awareness Day at the Capitol.”

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From the Chronic Disease Collaborative (CCC) website:

Thursday, March 9, 2017 @ 7:30 A.M.

What: Chronic Disease Awareness Day: Celebrating Milestones

When: Thursday, March 9th. Registration begins at 7:30 A.M.  Program begins at 8:00 A.M.

Where:  We begin the morning with registration and breakfast at The First Baptist Church, 1373 Grant St, Denver, CO 80203 for brief advocacy training and an opportunity to develop your story and your talking points.

We will proceed across the street to the State Capitol, 1410 Grant St, Denver, CO 80203 to meet our state legislators. Afterward, join us for a box lunch and brief presentation in the Old Supreme Court Chambers.

Chronic Disease Awareness Day helps educate our legislators about Chronic Diseases and healthcare issues in Colorado. This is your opportunity to share your stories and show your support for those living with Chronic Diseases.

Register HERE

Family and friends are always welcome.

We hope to see you there!

Not Just the Holiday Funk

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Well established is the recognition and acceptance of “holiday funk.”

Christmas has a deep spiritual meaning to Christians. It is less about giving presents and mostly a time to think about Jesus.  Still, to many people, Christmas is also supposed to be spent sharing ourselves with family and loved ones.  A time to slow down our frenzied lives to enjoy “quality” time with our families and reflect on the blessings we have received. Certainly that’s what our culture presents as important.  Heck, that is how it has always been and should always be!  At least that is what I believe.

Today, I found myself in the midst of family and feeling useless and insignificant.  Is that the MS or the Holiday funk?

I think a mix of both.  I know the pseudobulbar affect is in play but I also believe the traditional “Holiday Blues” contributes a lot.

For the last few years I have felt lost, alone and generally miserable every holiday.  When we open our Christmas presents as a family, I find myself incapable of inserting myself into the moment.  I feel detached and unwilling to interact.  But, I force myself.  It is not fair to the others for me to inject and inflict my negative mindset.  Even worse, I find I am incapable of wresting myself out of the mental fog.  It is like being on the outside looking in.  Yup, like the song.

Regardless, I was redeemed by a three-year-old whose awe and excitement about the day reminded me this day was not about me but had a much deeper meaning than I had ever realized.  Oh sure, I wanted to present the woe-is-me version of myself and be the Ebeneezer Scrooge of the family, but I resisted and was so very glad.  There is NOTHING to be gained by being pitiful but the feelings are there, none-the-less.