I quit my job. In 2 weeks, I’ll be unemployed in the most expensive place in the world. But I’m not worried. Not even close. I’m pumped. I’m pursuing my purpose.
I have a vision to make learning about health easy. When someone is diagnosed with a disease today, it usually works like this:
- Doctor informs [person] they have [disease x]
- Healthcare staff trains [person] on [disease x]
- Already overwhelmed, [person] goes home and Googles [disease x]
- [Person] is more lost and overwhelmed
- [Person] is left to ‘figure it out’
- Repeat steps 2–5
When I was 18, I went through this experience when I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Within 30 minutes at the doctor’s office, I went from ‘normal’ college freshman still learning how to drink beer to college freshman with type 1 diabetes who now had to figure out how to give himself insulin.
And I’m not alone. In the US alone, there are 1.3 million people living with type 1 diabetes. 30 million if you include type 2 diabetes. Many millions more as you consider all the other diseases, illnesses, and health issues that people face every day. I want to make the experience of being diagnosed and living with these health issues just a little bit easier. Getting diagnosed with a disease is hard enough; learning about it doesn’t have to be.
Thanks to all my family and friends who are always there for me — even as I take this leap.