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basa0806
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   Posted 4/8/2008 11:07 AM (GMT -6)   
I have to give a 5 minute speech for my communications class next week. I was thinking that I would like to do it about UC because, obviously I have the disease and it would give the speech great credibility. In your guys opinions, do you think I could do it on persuading people to donate to CCFA? Or to join a one of the walks or something like that? Since I have UC I feel passionate about finding a cure for it and its so hard to find a topic when most are so political or controversial!
Sam
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   Posted 4/8/2008 11:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Sam, if it were me I would spend that five minutes just educating people on UC. Chances are, a majority of students in the class have never even heard of it. In my experience I found that most college kids don't have a lot of extra money -  but then again I went to a state school. :)
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basa0806
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   Posted 4/8/2008 12:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Haha I'm at a state school too. The only catch is is that I have to persuade them of something.
Sam
19 years old
Diagnosed March 2005
Remission since January/April 2006 (incident with mono)
3200mg Asacol, 25mg Amitriptlyine, Ortho Tri-cyclen lo, Imodium when I need it
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bookworm21
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   Posted 4/8/2008 12:45 PM (GMT -6)   

Hmm, maybe you could spend half of the time giving the basic facts about UC b/c I also think that not many people know about it. And then for the rest of the time, you could persuade them to spend time or give money to causes involving chronic diseases like UC. I don't know though--5 minutes doesn't seem like that much time.

p.s. I go to a state school, too!


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bluepurl
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   Posted 4/8/2008 1:25 PM (GMT -6)   
another state school alum here!

I think you're on the right track, start off educational and transition to persuading them to join up or sponsor someone in a walk if you know of one upcoming. They can work toward a cure through raising awareness and $$$. Good luck!
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Dr-A
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   Posted 4/8/2008 2:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I'd just take that little amount of time I had and educate, rather than persuade.
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NMcP
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   Posted 4/8/2008 3:17 PM (GMT -6)   
My vote goes towards the educate goal.

There are so many pleas out there for $$. People give $$ to the causes that are the most important to them. So even if you wanted them to give $$, you only have 5 minutes to explain your cause anyway. Better to use that time to educate them to what UC is and what it isn't.

basa0806
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   Posted 4/8/2008 5:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I will educate them but the whole point of this specific speech is to persuade the audience to do something so the only way I guess I could do this is to give them some background to make them want to donate. Thanks for the feedback
Sam
19 years old
Diagnosed March 2005
Remission since January/April 2006 (incident with mono)
3200mg Asacol, 25mg Amitriptlyine, Ortho Tri-cyclen lo, Imodium when I need it
"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude"
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Eva Lou
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   Posted 4/8/2008 6:19 PM (GMT -6)   
do you have to persuade them to give $$$, or just do "something"? I'm in the minority here- I would pick another topic entirely. 10 minutes is too short a time to both educate/persuade. And, we're talking college kids here- making a short speech about chronic diarrhea & lack of bowel control might be more humorous than poignant. Might be! Maybe you could do something about living with a chronic disease in general, & try & persuade them to...I don't know, donate their time to students with disabilities, or help other students with a chronic illness, or volunteer at the campus health center.

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   Posted 4/8/2008 6:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Eva Lou said...
do you have to persuade them to give $$$, or just do "something"? I'm in the minority here- I would pick another topic entirely. 10 minutes is too short a time to both educate/persuade. And, we're talking college kids here- making a short speech about chronic diarrhea & lack of bowel control might be more humorous than poignant. Might be! Maybe you could do something about living with a chronic disease in general, & try & persuade them to...I don't know, donate their time to students with disabilities, or help other students with a chronic illness, or volunteer at the campus health center.


I have to agree 100%.  I know I wish people were more educated about this disease, but I wouldn't want to tell my fellow classmates about it for the reasons stated above.  Besides, it doesn't fit the purpose of persuading people.  I think I would choose the topic of persuading people to eat healthier and exercise more.  There are a million statistics you could find online and in fitness magazines about how certain small lifestyle changes can make a huge difference in health... just my opinion.
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dakotagirl
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   Posted 4/8/2008 8:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Maybe you speech can be to persuade people to look at life from a different angle. An angle from someone who is chronically and INVISIBLY ill. An angle from someone who can look fine, but be in extreme pain on the inside. An angle that maybe that person who cut you off in traffic was actually desperately looking for the nearest bathroom.

Recently I've wanted to get t-shirts made up to wear every day that say: I'm not mad. I'm not mean. I'm in PAIN. There is one general business guy in my office whom I'd like to punch because he told me I looked mean the other day. Had I not been in agony, I might have tried to educate him. However, it did make me think about how "normal" people might never experience my "mean".

Whatever you decide to speak about - let us know how it goes!
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FitzyK23
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   Posted 4/8/2008 9:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I think persuading people to get involved w/ the CCFA either financially or by walking is a GREAT idea. I think it is really brave to be the spokesperson for a non-glamorous disease but there is absolutely no reason to be ashamed of it. It is who you are. That fear of embarassment is what causes the disease to be so secretive. Or, maybe you can persuade people to talk to their doctors if they are having bowel problems lol!!! You would be surprised how many people saw their doctors after a conversation or two with me about my problems. They never knew there was help out there for what they had.

I plan on hitting up my classmates via mass email for help w/ my CCFA walk and I am not ashamed at all to admit that I poop too much!!
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serendipity24
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   Posted 4/9/2008 1:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I really like dakotagirl's idea too. the Chronic, yet Invisible illness is great. Maybe add in something about dorm life with IBD? Persuade them to make campus allow students with IBD to have a room close to the bathroom? Maybe I'm getting ridiculous, but I know when I asked my school for a temporary disability parking permit in the beginnin (readily handed out to those on crutches), I was very promptly and harshly refused! I appeared normal, but they knew nothing of the pain, weakness, anemia, and struggle with life I was having!
Rachel

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UC Dude
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   Posted 4/9/2008 6:06 AM (GMT -6)   
My guess is that your Professor has given you some guidelines as to what should be covered in a persuasive speech right?

In your call to action do you have to be convincing to the point of making your audience give money, time etc? How will you be evaluated? Certainly educating them about UC is all good, but what do you need to show to get the grade outcome you are looking for?

Perhaps you can "persuade" your class to have empathy for people. Use UC as the issue to show them that although you (people with UC etc) look "normal" you never really know what people are going through.

Good luck. Remember when giving the speech that EVERYONE in the class is as nervous as you are.
 

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