Friday, January 18, 2013
Yes, I'm very sad to say the least. This past week has been nothing but a roller coaster ride. I come close to tears as I write this, once again!
I belong to a team called "Sugar and Food Addiction" Our leader was Elizabeth Bohorquez, RN, C.Ht. I came upon one of her blog by pure coincidence a long time ago, BUT I know that it wasn't coincidence..it was meant to be. It was in the plans for me to learn and grow from this wonderful person. On this team, we also worked with our thoughts & our emotions....we all know that it's very important to have a healthy balance ..not just in body but in mind and spirit as well.
I woke up one morning this past week to a Spark Message from Coach Jen. Spark People had terminated Eliz's membership from this website... The following explanation was given to us. "We don't allow advertising, and it's also very dangerous for anyone to be providing counseling on our site unless they are part of our staff and that she had received repeated warnings on these issues."
I have been with this team since July 4, 2012 and I have never seen Elizabeth promote her work, her books or give professional counseling. She talked about her own life's experiences as we talked about ours. We all commented on each other's posts with the idea that our insights might help someone else in the process. Yes, we looked up to our GREAT Leader..that she was...we asked questions, she shared honestly. As a leader wanting to help her flock, she made many forums for us to participate in... Sometimes she gave us free MP3s to help us along our journey. She did nothing wrong. She could no longer do this (and she stopped)... I've been on other teams that has also gave links to free books or downloads...promoting other websites. I know cause I used them so why was Elizabeth the target to get eliminated from Spark People? Or was it just because she was such a highly professional person????
I understand that SP, like any other websites, need rules and regulations but were any rules really broken here????
This was very devastating for me, loosing such a great team leader. She is no longer a member of Spark People but to the MANY members who followed her blogs and learned from her, you can always find her at the following websites:
Thanks to all my friends who sent me goodies and showed such caring support...I felt like I lost a member of my family..you are all so understanding and thoughtful.