The Unempowered Patient
- Doesn’t have an iPhone or Android device to help him track his health data
- Doesn’t get paid to make commercials for pharmaceuticals
- Doesn’t give speeches about her experiences
- Doesn’t get heard very often on Twitter
- Doesn’t have much of a support network
- Doesn’t know whom to trust
- Doesn’t get the same treatment as the Empowered Patient in the next room
- Doesn’t show up very often in well-funded research findings
- Doesn’t give herself a special name like “Unempowered Patient”
- Doesn’t know what it feels like to be empowered
- Doesn’t know whom to call for help before it’s too late
- Dies without a voice
At the end of your life, you will lose much of the power you have today. Your loved ones – the sources of any true powers you’ve ever had in your life – may not be around to bear witness to your fading light. Statistically, you will likely die alone or in the company of strangers.
If you’re lucky, these strangers will uphold their oaths and exercise their empowerment for your comfort and care and dignity – in spite of being disempowered by a culture of mangled priorities and immediate gratification and squandered opportunities.
In other words, no matter how rich or educated or “empowered” you are right now, one day you just might be an Unempowered Patient.
When looking back at your life from your deathbed, did you ever think you’d become what you ignored?
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