I also do not run from anything I say and I want to address some of the comments of yesterday’s article. As a good friend wrote to me last night; ‘…..there is that old saying in journalism “if someone reads it a certain way, that’s how it was written.”’
I take my responsibility very seriously when I write. My article yesterday was mine. One of the things that I love being at the DRI is that I am allowed to write what I feel. Most of my colleagues at the DRI did not even know about it until I posted it (and those that did see it was for fact checking only). I tell you that so you know that my post was not part of any marketing ploy; the DRI put out an information mailer last week, so there was surely no need for them to ask me to add to that attempt, and they did not. The article was from me. It was my excitement and I wanted the world to know that exciting news was coming, nothing more.
I’m more excited today than I was when I wrote yesterday’s article. If the concept of a mini-organ, a biohub, is not real to you or you feel that it is not new, as in anything I write, you are surely welcome to what you feel. If the hope the biohub brings is not shared by you, than I cannot change your mind. To me, it is the most exciting news I have heard since I started this journey.
If my excitement about this gave you leave to think that it was something it was not, it was surely not my attempt and I am sorry if taken that way. And I am; sorry. To have any parent think that the work was done and here, although stated clearly in a few places that more needed to be done, well, this I feel badly about, and surely was not my attempt. No one asked me to write this today, as yesterday; it is on my own.
I’ll state it again as my friend wrote last night “..if someone reads it a certain way, that’s how it was written…” and that resonated with me. This was my excitement and still is my excitement. So many people, after they saw the biohub, contacted me with excitement and hope in their voices. They are just as driven in this journey as anyone else and it was great to hear from the literally hundreds who saw the biohub and feel as so many others feel about the promise it will bring.
Again, my article had nothing to do with the strategy of the DRI in releasing the news on the biohub; if you agree or disagree on what I wrote it is with me alone; if you agree or disagree with what was posted about the biohub and have questions, the opportunity will be given to you in the near future to speak to the scientific director who heads this initiative.
But when all is said and done, I am out there and surely I can read what some people are saying; I had this vision last night of a young mom of a newly diagnosed child saying, “I really thought this meant it was here, now. And it isn’t.” No it isn’t here now but I believe it surely will be as I never have before. And for those who feel this was a misleading article due to my excitement on what I know is absolutely real, I’m sorry to have ever made you think otherwise; it was neither my attempt nor my goal. This aspect bothers me enough to say I am sorry if it was taken for anything more than I meant it; an exciting, exciting announcement.
I believe time will absolutely prove that this project is what all the work has all been about, of this I am sure.
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