A week or so ago, WCA superpunk Michelle C. shared this blog post with one of her patients. Here is that person's response to the question, what is the meaningfulness of affordable acupuncture?
“”First of all, God's blessings on the person who is not himself, or someone they love, in continued financial hardship. As a person on permanent social security disability, I find that the biggest impact of having low funds is that in every direction, it limits your options. Community Acupuncture is a treasure. It is a mighty weapon in my quest to maintain (and now IMPROVE) my health, independence, and ability to care for myself. Community Acupuncture will also PREVENT many future health complications.
In the past, without affordable acupuncture, intervention and care of my symptoms has cost the government many thousands of dollars with each episode. My cognition and motor skills were often severely impaired. Now, with Community Acupuncture, I am instead well enough to give some aid to my neighbors and friends. Community Acupuncture sends me clear messages that I am valuable just because I am a person, that I am not trash to be discarded, and that someone cares that I am in pain. People truly wish me well.
Life is often difficult. Sometimes bad things happen and your resources are limited. Community Acupuncture means that there is still hope, that life can improve, that one's days can at the least be more bearable.
My version of the WCA mottos is that “affordable acupuncture can heal the world.” Freedom from pain and increased abilities allow me to be a better steward of my resources and to make a more positive impact on my world. I know that my home and neighborhood have more peace and love because my pain has decreased. Affordable acupuncture does not enable me, it empowers me. By gifting me with better health I can then go out and do my part to fix the ills around me. The outward ripples of healing from Community Acupuncture are exponential. How can this be a bad thing?
Another wonderful component of this business model is that I can offer similar relief and healing to my family, friends, and neighbors, My mother, who lives on the other side of the country, has found relief with Community Acupuncture. Due to budget constraints, years earlier she had to give up the acupuncture treatments she was finding helpful. Now relief is again within her reach.
Quite a few of my friends use Community Acupuncture. With their treatments, my friends are better caregivers, employees, and parents. Think about it: many of your service providers cannot afford traditional Western acupuncture. Do you really want to depend on, say a taxi driver, who is in pain and cannot afford relief and better functioning?
Somewhere there is the idea that people with limited funds have used bad judgement to get to such a position. This is only sometimes so. Regardless, this viewpoint overlooks the reality that situations and people can be redeemed and change. Life itself is valuable and should be cherished. The world would be very miserable indeed if there were no second chances. Every time I visit my Community Acupuncture clinic, I see and hear the punks being heroes to people in need. In my opinion this is true beauty.”
–A WCA Patient
WCA is going to be spending the month of July collecting more answers like this one. Because our patients knock our socks off with their wisdom, their generosity, and their clarity. If you work in a POCA clinic and you'd like to join us, check out this thread in the forums.