It has been just over a month since my friend Kate Granger died. The @grangerkate column in my TweetDeck stands still, but mentions of Kate flurry past. Still changing the world, a tweet at a time.
I’ve been watching a drama called Mr Robot. In one episode the main character is talking about a childhood conversation with his father, after he accidentally brought home a shoe full of sand from the beach.
Every day he said we change the world. Which is a nice thought until I think about how many days and lifetimes I would need to bring a shoe full of sand home until there is no beach. Until it made a difference to anyone. Every day we change the world. But to change the world in a way that means anything that takes more time that most people have.
Kate had less time than most of us. But she used it to change the world. The breadth and depth of reporting of her death would have amazed her. As a member of the UK’s peer support charity for people with Addison’s, I was asked if I would like to write an obituary. It took quite a few deep breaths, but I’m proud to have had a chance to share some of what I knew of Kate, and loved of Kate. Continue reading