by Mark Antony Rossi
I continue to stumble across less-than-stellar people in positions where their presence should be a vital component to champion hope and goodwill — but they do not. In many industries such as the medical field, organizations and groups spring up and advocate for the infirmed, the injured, the traumatized, and the disabled. The highly-educated professionals involved in these operations all have wonderful titles but in the final analysis too many have reduced their efforts to mere lobbying for funding or worse empire-building that uses a large portion of the resources for office space, payroll (especially themselves), and other non-medical expenditures like travel and convention attendance.
If you have a chance to read the brochures or even their social media comments you will notice a heartless trend of political language meant to incrementalize their patient’s progress for fear of “false hope.” This ghastly thinking holds back the injured from working towards an improved life because the organization “helping” won’t create an environment to foster this positive attitude. Vast improvements reversed conditions, measurable recoveries are actually contrary to the many advocating groups that see it as a threat to their mission and their empire. Those who need help the most of betrayed by places that are simply using their conditions to beg for more money.
Not long ago I read on a social media platform the reply to a video and caption that showed and mentioned the enormous progress of a young girl who broke her neck and was confined to a wheelchair. After five years of hard work to regain her health, strength, and mobility the video showed her walking with the assistance of a rehab trainer. It was hard not to have a burst of emotion cheering this girl on in her struggle to regain parts of her life lost to injury. And then to read the comments of a CEO of a trauma group write “…concerning the messaging all we need to do is work out and we can cure the incurable. She was lucky to restore her abilities but not everyone has that ability.”
Note this negative person’s language (a CEO for a trauma group) she uses the term messaging which is an entirely political term and has zero bearing on injured parties or medical treatment. So the person showing this incredibly inspiring video is being criticized. Next, she bashes rehabilitation calling it working out, and dooms all injured parties to a state of incurable. Finally, she ignores the girl’s five-year journey and simply calls it lucky. If this young lady has any luck, it is the good luck of not having a political vampire in her corner stealing whatever hope is truly possible. If it were up to this CEO the girl would still be in a wheelchair, watching sitcoms and eating green jello.
Any person or place of good faith trying to make a difference in the lives of those who want to regain the fullest function possible – deserves our support and appreciation. No doubt there are many out there but I focus on the few who prefer to harm the sick because they are in love with their office, their degree, and their salary. The damage to the human condition and the human spirit is incalculable. Imagine how many could rise up if they had someone in their corner instead of relying on the unreliable. Granted we need strength to champion hope. But how hard is it to volunteer and offer support? It’s easier than being a patient yourself. It’s easier than being a parent but has some of the same skillsets. Stand up and be counted. Lest we leave the infirmed to the gamble of those who genuinely care intermingled with those who see everyone and everything as a product. Humanity deserves better.
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