Why So Open?

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… Somethings are best understood within the context of personal endeavor 

In so much as this endeavor – Seen But Not Heard – is an open journal containing articles on personal and social matters, there are going to be writings posted here that will leave some readers wondering why I’m putting this information into the public arena where “strangers” might see it.  I’m expecting that it is these very items, the personal items, which will offer a clearer understanding of how and why my “tamer” writings have a deeper foundation than just a cursory interest or popular relevance.

The articles herein on Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome are illustrative.  When I write about healthcare and, in particular, universal healthcare managed by bureaucracies including both private insurance carriers and governments, I can’t help but bring my unique and relevant experiences to bear.  So, with careful consideration I’m writing about a serious medical condition that has haunted me my entire life.  As will learn reading through my journal my gestation, development, maturation and now aging processes have been dramatically impact by a congenital aberration called Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome.  This all to real experience has taken me, my parents, my wife and kids on numerous journeys, some more enlightening than others.  Routine medical practices, once in a lifetime medical practices, medical insurance practices, workers compensation practices, struggles with employers, access to public buildings, government health care (military style) and social security disability have all been unusually eventful for us.

I hope by being open about these my neighbors and friends will equally share in my passion to better these institutions through active citizenry, rather than leaving it for the other guy to figure out.  I do believe in many ways we are our brothers keeper and I’m hopeful our society never degrades or devalues this ideal to the point that we feel so isolated and alone that we seek solace in self-imposed caves or hobbit holes.

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