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In a breakfast cafe in Asheville, NC, Dawn heard from others who are fighting their own battles for health care. Though it was not the first time I had heard a mother speak of losing a child to an illness because he could not get the necessary treatment, I still found it impossible not to feel pain and frustration at what seems to be such a senseless and avoidable loss of life. That kind of loss leaves you at a loss for words, not to mention a loss for what you should do next.
But Dawn reframed and refocused my thoughts when she said, “Because we have to go through what we do, it makes us stronger, more powerful than any CEO.” Wow. Power. It seems that while we often praise those who share their personal stories to fight for what is right as strong, brave, or courageous, rarely do we ascribe to them power. That is usually left for those who hold titles and offices.
But Dawn is exactly right. With each city we visit, an energy is beginning to build. Voices that were once isolated, are speaking together; personal struggles are forming the basis for a collective battle.
The story of David and Goliath is a story told by the weak, about how they can defeat the powerful. What makes the story work is that, when the weak tell it, they become mighty, because they realize that one person can defeat those who have all the armors and trappings of power. While Dawn’s story is the same way, her journey goes a step further. With each person she inspires to join her, what I see is a band of Dawns and Davids not just battling the insurance Goliath, but rather, becoming their own Goliath that can defeat the forces that inflict so much pain on our country.