Advocate. Make a Difference.

Britt Ahlstrom

Lobby Day was “cool,” even “amazing” during the event, but it wasn’t until hours later that it’s true impact hit me. Throughout the day, I felt star-struck, walking through the capitol and shaking hands with senators. Yet, it was the last meeting with Senator Al Franken that changed my mindset.

300341_258435824201429_149246378453708_790474_1977188265_nSenator Franken was listening to me as if I had something important to say, as if my story had some meaning. He may already support the bill, but I felt I made an impact anyhow. Maybe I gave him more ammunition.

I know we made a difference by meeting with the other members. We are reminding them that they cannot simply ignore us – that their actions have real consequences and that when they turn down funding for eating disorders, they turn down real people.

Lobby Day was a life-changing experience that I hope to experience again. I never expected it to make such a difference, on Washington or on me. No matter if you are still struggling, recovered, a support person, or simply interested in advocacy, I wholeheartedly recommend that you attend. If you think advocacy doesn’t make a difference now, I think you’ll change your mind.