To My Disabled Peers: Love Still Trumps Hate, No Matter Who is President, and No Matter Who You Voted For!

“We have to remember that we’re actually all on one team…We’re not Democrats first, we’re not Republicans first, we are Americans first. We’re patriots first. We all want what’s best for this country.” – President Barack Obama

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I am glad that the election is over. We must be calm and respect the results peacefully, with grace and dignity, even if some of us may feel slighted or disheartened. And I pray that Mr. Trump will do good by us in terms of healthcare, funding for crucial medical research, fighting the opioid crisis, and recognizing and continuing to instill disability rights and equity/equality for those who are disabled. (Among other things.)

I want to see social justice, human decency, empathy, inclusion, health, and safety prevail!

But change starts with us. Each and every one of us.

So let’s keep advocating for our health and healthcare needs. Let’s fight for our rights as people with illness or disabilities. Lead by example. Let your voices be heard. Volunteer, donate, spread awareness. Be kind to one another. Spread love and light, and remember that we are all in this together, regardless of your political beliefs.

I want to see a future where people and patients are valued over profits or politics. And I do wish for a future where love trumps hate… for ALL of us, even those who are at times ostracized or oppressed.

Be kind to one another. Keep doing good and being good. Stay encouraged. Focus on your wellness and self-care. We’re going to be alright. All of us.

Let’s just stick together and remember that we are all more alike than we are different, despite skin colors or religion or income or ability or diagnoses or wheelchairs or education or sexual orientation or career or gender.

Change starts with us first.

“We the people” are what this country thrives on. Who we elect as president reflects our hopes and fears. But if we want better leaders we have to BE better leaders. Don’t get discouraged. Keep moving forward. You’re not alone! God has our back and we have to have each other’s backs, too. Stay strong. Be the change. And remember that no matter what anyone says or implies, you matter.

Here’s my video on the matter. Don’t get angry: just watch the whole thing. It’s not a partisan issue, it’s a human issue. And it’s all about goodness and love.

To my fellow Americans who may live with a disability, illness, or who are marginalized or afraid for any reason: I get it. I’m here for you. But we need to move forward and live our best lives, regardless of political outcomes.

Want to make a positive difference in the world? Here are some nonprofit organizations and causes you can get behind:

Arthritis Foundation
CreakyJoints
ACR Simple Tasks
Lupus Foundation of America
National Council on Disability
AAPD
Rarediseases
ACLU Nationwide
Lions Clubs International
The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness
WEGO Health
Stand Up To Cancer
American Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities
National Disabled Women’s Educational Equity Project
NAIDW – National Association of Injured & Disabled Workers
UNICEF
The National Disability Rights Network
Leader Dogs for the Blind
Therapy Dogs International
USAction
PICO National Network
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Save the Children
Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
Families USA
State Children’s Health Insurance Program
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Cancer Caring Center
Kids Get Arthritis Too
Born This Way Foundation
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Get involved. Donate. Volunteer. Spread Awareness.

#BeTheChange ☮️

We’re all in this together, regardless of who you voted for. That won’t change. The world is always in need of more love, positivity, and kindness. That won’t change, either.

I’m more motivated than ever to join the Pittsburgh City-County Task Force on Disabilities and ADA PGH / ADA Pittsburgh, as well as joining in a chronic illness support group at St. Clair Hospital, and continuing my work withWearWoof and the Robinson Lions Club.

Love & light to you all!

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