I’ve had an idea floating around for quite some time. I wanted awareness t-shirts. But I was not satisfied with just any awareness shirts. Oh no, I wanted them to be a bold, in-your-face, cannot be ignored type of shirt.
My first draft might have been a little too in-your-face.
“Ask me about my steroids.”
Yeah, let’s have me running a race bragging that I take steroids. While I do want to generate discussion, I might not want to generate that type of discussion.
Round two turned out better.
It’s amazing the discussion that these shirts have already started. Someone saw me working on them and thought that they were a joke. “Life-saving steroids? Yeah right.”
I then proceeded to explain Adrenal Insufficiency. He thought steroids were only used to treat severe lung issues, reduce inflammation, or combat horrible infections as a last result. I was able to explain to him that I take a MUCH lower dose of those steroids and without them, I would die. They are my life-saving drug, just like insulin is a life-saving drug to a Type-1 diabetic. Awareness raised.
I am passionate about this.
I didn’t used to be this passionate about re-educating people on Steroid Dependence. Then I almost died due to lack of education. Now, I speak up, speak loud, and speak passionately. Things such as my new medical alert bracelet do not give people the option to misinterpret the severity of my situation.
May we continue to raise awareness so that events like Sarah Thomas’s death never happen again. Sarah Thomas died because the paramedics did not understand Adrenal Insufficiency. We can prevent more unnecessary deaths through awareness and education.
I would like to remain Clearly Alive.
Want to know something awesome? We sold over eighty shirts between round one and round two of these orders. That’s a lot of people walking around challenging people to “Ask me about life-saving steroids.” Wear your shirts and wear them proudly!