I'm in SECOND PLACE for FUNDRAISING!
Last year I raised almost $2500.00 for the Walk. (Also, the year before…etc.)
I just raised the equivalent of about $3000.00 in memberships for the OAC's Membership Drive.
Don't make me sweat for no cause, kids. I don't sweat on purpose for ANY reason. You don't think I am serious, I am. *grin* Add to that, I'm going to be sweating by myself, with my boo-boo. *tear.
I'm a little sleep-deprived here. O-o I got home from my trip to New York City at 5:00am and tried to sleep, and sort of failed at it and am now falling into a million little caffeinated pieces.
So, HI! How have you been?
Thanks to the Obesity Action Coalition and Ethicon Endo Surgery for having us to the city for the super event. I mean that. Porter Novelli, the public relations crew that set up the trip for all of us bloggers and online 'influencers' did a great job with everything and the event went so smoothly.
That was until it was OVER and the sky opened up and said, "You, stay in the airports!"
Yes. I had to fly home with my head between my knees last night praying to Cheetos that I didn't seize out, throw up or implode.
I'll write more tomorrow, but I wanted to get my photos up today.
We would like to announce that our top recruiter was Beth Sheldon-Badore from Plymouth, MA. Beth recruited 156 new members to the OAC! She won a one week vacation getaway for two.
Beth chose to re-gift her grand prize to one of the people who she recruited. The lucky recipient of Beth's grand prize is Penney Vachon from Fennville, MI! Congratulations and special thanks to Beth for her tremendous effort.
OAC Member Corner
My entire world has been touched by obesity. I grew up as an overweight child. I married an obese man. I have overweight and obese family members. Myself, my husband and several extended family members have had weight-loss surgery and I guarantee more family members will follow suit. We have had varying levels of success with weight-loss surgery and it makes me wonder, "what if?" What if we had more knowledge of the issues that led to our obesity prior to having bariatric surgery? While weight-loss surgery has helped us in immeasurable ways, losing thousands of pounds; we must teach our future generations how to avoid the triggers of obesity. I am concerned for the future health and well-being of our children, and education starts with us.
Q: Why did you decide to go all out for the Membership Drive Contest?
Honestly, I saw the 50,000 number, and thought "Wow, that's a lot. We have to get on this, right. now." The current membership and viewing audience would need to be quite vocal.
Q: Were you surprised by how many people you were able to recruit to join the OAC?
No. I thought I would reach more. I think if I had more in-person contacts I would have. I am an at-home mom of four, and my only real adult contact is online via my social media outlets and my blog.
Q: Why do you tell your followers of your blog to join the OAC?
My peers are mostly post weight-loss surgery patients, who are quite likely to want to help out, join a cause and make a difference in the fight against obesity.
Q: In one word, describe the OAC. Advocacy
You know what's fabulous? Thirty days post exploratory surgery for an unknown abdominal pain, and the pain comes back.
I suppose my "Positivity Button" is trying to come out. It's weaseling it's way out of my lowest incision.
My apologies Dr. T, positivity is not for me. I cannot possibly shoot rainbows and butterflies out of me arse even with the "button" installed just beneath five laparoscopic incisions.
Perhaps through my umbilicus? It COULD HAPPEN.
The sutures are just about healed, the stitches are coming out enough to freak out my four year old. She thinks that I am her Other Mother.
I called this morning and was able to get an appointment for THIS Friday to see another doctor in my town NOT all the way in Boston. The woman on the phone started selling me the OB's based on child-birth experiences and I said, "NO, I have pain, I NEED A DOCTOR."
And, I got one. That has never happened so fast.
Let's hope they want to take my baby factory out. Because, if there isn't anything wrong (there is, I was already diagnosed with cysts and fibroids, but I didn't know that they could cause pain) I will need a homemade surgical kit. Undiagnose-able is unacceptable. I'm sick of it.
If I could give you the world
On a silver platter
Would it even matter?
You'd still be mad at me
If I could find in all this
A dozen roses
Which I would give to you
You'd still be miserable
In reality, I'm gon' be who I be
And I don't feel no faults
For all the lies that you bought
You can try as you may
Break me down but I say
That it ain't up to you
Gone and do what you do
Hate on me, hater
Now or later
'Cuz I'm gonna do me
You'll be mad, baby
(Go 'head and hate)
Go 'head and hate on me, hater
I'm not afraid of
What I got I paid for
You can hate on me
Ooh, if I gave you peaches
Out of my own garden
And I made you a peach cobbler
Would you slap me?
I wonder if I gave you diamonds
Out of my own womb
Would you feel the love in that,
Or ask "why not the moon"?
If I gave you sanity
For the whole of humanity,
Had all the solutions
to the pain and pollution
No matter where I live,
Despite the things I give,
You'll always be this way
So go 'head and….
You cannot hate on me
'Cuz my mind is free
Feel my destiny
So shall it be