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During the time that I lived in Washington, DC, I sang in the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington. Dr. Thea Kano, our artistic director, had a saying that she would frequently share with us just before we were about to perform a concert: "Never miss the opportunity to make an impact because someone needs to hear you. They may not even realize it. And that person may be standing on the riser right next to you." It was always a powerful reminder for us to share our gift of music openly, confidently, and without fear. It was a reminder that we had something beautiful to give to those who came to hear us.
I found myself thinking about this quote frequently during this year's Legislative Conference and recognizing its applicability to what we were doing. Even though we were not sharing the gift of music, we were sharing something equally (if not even more) personal: our own health stories and journeys. And from what I saw and heard from those in attendance, whether newbies or veterans, it was intensely personal and profound.
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Senator Richard Durbin's office
With the future of healthcare so uncertain at this point (and the fact that I don't have an employer-sponsored insurance plan), I am faced with the very real possibility that I may be screwed in the not-too-distance future. I sincerely hope that at this time next year I can still afford to get sick. I hope that, even if only in a small way, our voices were truly heard on Capitol Hill last week. And while I know that our opportunity to make an impact was not missed, I genuinely hope that it was not unheard by those who needed to hear us.