Saturday, June 8, 2013
Back in March, the contributors of Pallimed got together for a hard conversation. We were only missing a few people but it was still a sizable gathering at a restaurant late one evening in New Orleans. We have met at Academy meetings before, really to check in with each other and how all of us were doing in our professional and personal lives. But this was a little different. None of us were posting with much regularity for the previous 18 months. Compared to where we were in 2008, 2009, and 2010 we all recognized we had many more responsibilities and working on Pallimed really didn't always fit into our schedule despite the best of our intentions.
But there was a different spark that night, different from years past. This spark was probably brighter because of the darkness from being dormant for much of 2011 and 2012. We challenged each other to not let this great opportunity to fall by the wayside. With the knowledge and wisdom from our schooling and clinical experiences, we recognize there is also a responsibility to share information, to engage in a conversation which can change the world before any one person becomes our patient. Pallimed is a strong platform for sharing and we realized we did not want to just keep it to ourselves, so we are now reaching out to many new voices, including yours.
I'm asking you, whoever you may be, reading this post to join me in walking down the road that leads to awesome.
Do you want your patients to have doctors and nurses who understand good symptom control?
Do you want your community to think differently about how they approach end of life?
Do you have conversations about pain medicine portrayal on TV and film?
Do you wish your parents understood what you do for a living?
See your wishes for the world and the pain you want to relieve through this platform and together we can make a tremendous difference. This site is not about one person alone late at night writing on the website. It is about ten, one hundred, one thousand people alone late at night writing on the website joining in a cacophonous conversation that spreads across the globe to support the good work you do. Supporting Pallimed and other hospice and palliative blogs is about investing in yourself.
Photo Credit: Adapted from 8 by chrisinplymouth under CC By-NC-ND 3.0