“If you think no one listens or your story doesn’t matter, you are wrong. Legislators need to hear from you- on the phone, in an e-mail, or letter- you can’t solve a problem if you don’t know one exists.”
-Moe Keller, Former State Senator & Vice President of Public Policy & Strategic Initiatives, Mental Health Colorado
Your story of your experience living with or caring for someone with a chronic condition is one of the most valuable tools for helping create lasting change.
Legislators make decisions based on stories just as much as they do with data; our elected officials need to know how those they represent feel about the decisions they are making. Some legislators may have some knowledge about certain issues, but need additional information and your story can help provide that information. Legislators may not know why your issue is important, but you can help them understand. Remember, you are are the expert!