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Written by Amy Banocy

April 21, 2021

2nd shot ✅

The rest of this post may surprise some. It may be a bit controversial, which I usually stay away from, but this has been weighing on my heart and my hope is that you read it and truly think about the points. We are all entitled to our opinions and I believe that listening to each other and respecting each other’s voices is critical.

Many of my friends and family are getting the vaccine. Many are not. They aren’t saying I/you shouldn’t. They’re just not ready to have it themselves.

I was not planning to run out and get the vaccine right away. I wanted more time. I wanted more info. I wanted to know more about the possible longer term side effects.

And then I was diagnosed with cancer.

This sped up my decision to get the vaccine. It became a no-brainer for me.

That does not mean it’s a quick and easy decision for everyone. Just as we respect diversity in other areas of our lives and our beliefs, I encourage you to respect each other’s decision when it comes to this vaccine. And if you find that someone has a differing opinion that you, rather than shaming them for that, invite them to have an open discussion with you about it.

I’m talking today about the vaccine, because it’s on my mind, but

IMAGINE if we, as humans, and as a society, could have these discussions about more issues.

IMAGINE if we could respect each other and our differences (be they of race, religion, sexual orientation or OPINION) more.

IMAGINE if we could understand that none of us right and none of us is wrong, we are simply stating our own formed opinion based on our perceptions and our own experiences.

I welcome your thoughts on this and please remember, as always, I am not open to hate, only love. So please, before you comment, take a deep breath, think about what you have to say, and please only share if it is coming from a place of love, respect and humanity. Hateful comments will be deleted.

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