Thursday, February 6, 2014


by Dr. Margaret Aranda

It happened just by chance. A few days ago, I stumbled upon a website, as I lay bed-bound for yet another day, and here is what I read on the Website for Diabetes Mine:

Welcome to the Health Care Social Media Review! This is one of those “blog carnivals” that’s hosted twice a month at different relevant sites, in this case highlighting “the best and the brightest health care social media writers, thinkers, users and proponents worldwide, to contribute to better understanding and adoption of social media in health care.”
Now don't get me wrong. I love to write, advocate, inspire, and touch the hearts and souls of people so that they feel chills all over their bodies. And I didn't get accepted to Stanford for nothing. But two brain injuries later, I know my IQ isn't the 190 it used to be. Maybe it dropped to 140. Haha. Just kidding. I never considered myself to be one of "the best and the brightest health care social media thinkers, users, and proponents..." But I just could not resist it.
I looked at my blogs, perhaps 50, and thought to myself, "Which one should I submit?" And I knew the answer before the question was finished. This blog was written when my symptoms were subsiding, when I was getting better after 6 years in bed, over 3 years on an iv, and over 50 hospitalizations and ER visits. I met and had over 6,000 You Tube and Facebook 'Caring Friends', I called them, because they prayed for me, they listened to me, and they were there for me when no one else was. My goal was to cheer them up, to uplift and inspire, to make them laugh, or to back them up in their goals. I never had any other intention. I was better and I didn't want them to think that I was 'leaving' them. Or that I wasn't 'one of them' any more. I didn't want to lose them.
So I submitted the blog, "Invisible no More" to the Contest, and only a few days later, I received a Congratulations and a link where my work was displayed after a You Tube video of a girl who was disabled. Other stories followed mine, and I was in 2nd place. It was all I could do to not be girlie and cry out of sheer disbelief. 
So Happy pre-Valentine's Day to all, as the love spreads to you wherever you may be ~ !
You can read my Contest-Winning Article here: Invisible No More
And please know that I will never leave you or forget you. You are always going to be a part of me.
Always and Forever.


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