Wednesday, February 6, 2013

No Matter the Magnitude

     Hello!! Long time no see. So, this is going to be kind of a (hopefully) deep post, even though I don't really know if it will affect the world or not. But the whole affecting the world thing is what this is going to be about, so.... yeah.

    Now, I don't know how many of you watch the crime show, "Bones." If you do, leave an invisible comment (and yes that was a jab at all my viewers who never tell me what they thought of what they read). Anyway, last night's episode, "The Doll in the Derby," had a little side plot involving one of the protagonists, Agent Booth. The result of this side plot was an increased awareness (at least on my part) of a disease called neurofibromatosis. What that long word represents is a disease where tumors can suddenly grow anywhere there are nerves. As you can imagine, that leaves a lot of places open for tumors. This disease, and at this point all my facts are coming from the show last night, occurs in 1 in every 3,000 people in the United States. And while I don't recall what other diseases/disorders/whatever you may call them were mentioned, I can tell you that NF occurs more frequently than some other much more well known health issues. However, and I know others are like this too, NF has no cure and no treatment. It is difficult to study, as every case is highly unique. This is just a summary, as I didn't want to explain the technicalities and potentially mess up some medical jargon. For more information, check out The Children's Tumor Foundation.

     So.... to explain how all of that is connected to affecting the world. Neurofibromatosis is a fairly unknown condition. So naturally, I was curious as to how the writers of "Bones" chose that particular issue. And that is where the lovely world of Facebook comes in. The "Bones" Facebook page explained everything; one of the writers has a daughter with NF. And that is where my little thing about affecting the world comes in. This man took an issue that was important enough to him that he wanted the rest of the world to know about it. So what does he do? He incorporates it into his work.

     THAT is the point I am trying to get across here. You want change? Make it. You want something done? Do it. You think something is wrong? Speak out. Never say that you cannot make a difference. You can always make a difference, no matter the magnitude.