When Dawns and Davids Become a Goliath

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.

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  1. Sam
    October 10, 2009 at 5:34 pm #

    Right on! It is very inspiring to hear that you are so determined to reach the CEO in person. If more of us did this with things we believed in, the world would be a better place.

  2. Arrgy
    October 11, 2009 at 1:26 am #

    I suggest sueing CIGNA and getting real treatment.

    I have hope.

  3. gregg
    October 11, 2009 at 3:53 pm #

    How heroic and brave you are. You have more chutzpah in your little finger, than many of us have in our whole bodies. You are to be commended and celebrated. We wish you every success. Plus, I still believe in miracles. You make us believe in them. God bless.

  4. Mark Martin
    October 11, 2009 at 7:22 pm #

    I salute you. I’m concerned though, that with 24 hours to do so, I’m only the third comment-or to urge you on, applaud and celebrate your mission!
    The only way to defeat meaningful health care reform is for leaders like yourself to be met with widespread apathy.
    It’s time for advocates to get loud and make demands. It’s time to for leaders to clearly define the call to action.
    Wishing you good speed

  5. Kate Terres
    October 11, 2009 at 7:50 pm #

    Dear Dawn, I too salute you, but I think it is a crying shame that Cigna is denying your health care coverage that you have paid for. In my mind they are criminals and should be charged in a court of law.

  6. Kevin Ruth
    October 11, 2009 at 9:30 pm #

    Dawn keep fighting the good fight. There are millions of us out here who are with you in spirit and substance. We fight with you and believe in you and this struggle.

  7. diana
    October 15, 2009 at 2:49 pm #

    good luck! there is so many people backing you up!! :]

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