If you read my last blog, you know that I was refused yet again for the bariatric surgery my doctors have all agreed is pretty darn necessary in order to get the weight off of my damaged joints and bones, which will not bear the weight much longer, as well as improve my other health conditions and keep me on this Earth a while longer. Not to mention I will be able to move and feel better! Our insurance company just will not pay for any type of weight loss surgery. You will also know that my daughter has started a fundraising campaign to raise the money for the surgery, and has a facebook page to advertise the campaign.
*****EDITED HERE**** I did have links to the fundraiser, as well as a link to the facebook page. I did not realize this was against sparkpeople policy. Rather than report me and have me put on "notice" by sparkpeople, I do wish the person offended would have come to me in a spark mail or other private means and pointed out that I was violating a rule. It was embarrassing for me to be called to task by the authorities. I do apologize for anyone offended. Thank you. ****
A reporter from the Associated Press was put in touch with me a while back. He is working on an article highlighting how hard it is for patients to obtain bariatric surgery through their insurance providers. I'm to be featured in his article. They are sending a photographer out to take pictures of me on Monday. Not sure when that article will be published, but I'll post when it does.
In the meantime, my story has been published online on the Examiner website. Examiner is a news site for articles written by freelancers. The article mentions sparkpeople.com and the writer, Sarah Broadmeadow-Thomas, added a link not only to the fundraising site, but also to my spark page. Maybe I will spread the spark through this article! Woo Hoo! Here's the link to the news article:
****LINK REMOVED SO AS NOT TO OFFEND OR BREAK ANY RULES****
She added a few pics to the article such as:
The day I tower climbed and zip-lined May 2011
Crossing the finish line January 2013 after walking the 13.1 Half Sparkathon:
Me and my daughter Carly being silly after playing Pin the Moustache on the Groom at my son and daughter-in-law's Bridal Couples shower before their wedding last April.
There are a few more attached to the article you can see when you click on the link above. The pic on the fundraising site is of me holding my newborn granddaughter Robyn. I'm wearing a scarf because my hair had started coming out in small clumps from chemo at that time. My hair is still short today, but it is FINALLY all grown back. Yay!
Anyway, I thought some of you might be interested in reading the article and maybe checking out the other links. As always, I love you all and hope that you NEVER GIVE UP AND NEVER GIVE IN!