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Writing a Book, Small TV appearance, Big Hopes. *pics*

Monday, February 24, 2014

The fundraising campaign my daughter set up to help finance my bariatric surgery is well underway. She's so far started a facebook page, a page on a fundraising site, organized a Premier Jewelry party at her home run by GOLDENDOMER00 (Melissa) who donated all of her profits from that event to the campaign. Her generosity made us $500 closer to our goal! Carly has even garnered us a small spot in the audience with a shout out about our campaign on the local CBS morning show, Great Day SA for this Thursday morning. It's on at 9 a.m. for those of you who want to watch. Right now she has a booster page selling tshirts to both raise awareness of the campaign and bring in a little more money. Right now we are at almost $1600, just over 10% of the $15,000 we need. Slowly but steadily, it is going to happen! Here's a picture of the tshirts that are being sold, and some pics from our Jewelry Party Night:



Melissa and Me:


Some of the gorgeous jewelry:



My youngest daughter, Carly, relaxing as the jewelry party winds down:


My granddaughter, Robyn, who thinks the promo materials are mighty tasty!


Carly, my daughter, also has a rummage sale being planned and is getting all the information together about having a 5K. She's getting a lot of good experience for her future in Public Administration and working for Nonprofits, which is her major in college. I've been overwhelmed at all she has accomplished, and at the generosity of people, some who don't even know me!

My big announcement this week is this:
I've journaled for most of my life and had a few short stories and articles published over the years. I have decided the notes and scribblings of these last few months, as well as the journey I am currently on in which so many have played a big part, will serve as the foundation for a book. It will document my struggles to become healthy, the fundraisers, the family of support that has developed and, ultimately, the surgery itself and the progress afterwards.

Every single person I can verify as having helped will be thanked and addressed in the book. Those who remain anonymous will know they have my gratitude. If the book gets published and makes any money I will use it to fund someone else who needs the surgery desperately but has hit the same insurance road blocks. I'll be reaching out for some critiques along the way from my writer friends, so thanks in advance for any help! Those writers on and off of sparkpeople.com, some of whom I've written with and been associated with for over ten years now, know I am idea rich, word wealthy, but grammar poor. I rely on the kindness of grammar nazis. emoticon

This campaign has been mostly a very positive experience. I was mortified at first, I have to admit. I've never asked for anything from anyone in this manner before. My daughter said she was going to do this with or without my participation, because she wants me to live and because I shouldn't be held back from this simply because the insurance company doesn't cover weight loss surgery. The only negative has been the fellow sparkpeople member who turned me in to the powers that be for posting links to the fundraisers instead of coming to me and telling me it was against the rules. I didn't know it was, and would have liked to have had the opportunity to rectify this without a formal reprimand. Other than that, this whole thing has made me feel VERY loved and supported. I hope to pay back all the trust put in me by getting as healthy as possible, living as well as possible, and helping others all I can to get the surgery when they are refused by insurance. I want to pay this forward, for sure!

As they say, that's all the news that's fit to print. Never give up. Never give in. As always, I love you all.

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  • BESSHAILE
    Congratulations on all the progress - you sure do have a great support team and I think your book will fill an important gap.

    as you say - never give up.
    1595 days ago
  • CLYNNTHOMAS
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    1607 days ago
  • SLIMMERKIWI
    What a FANTASTIC START to your fundraising campaign. I can see that it won't be too far away that you reach your target. I love your "pay it forward" attitude.

    BTW, the photo of you in the pink etc. top looks really good and look great on you.

    Kris xxx
    1607 days ago
  • AVIDWISHER
    Wow, I admire your positive do this attitude! You are a busy lady in pursuit of a wonderful goal. I am so glad your daughter thought outside of the box and found a way to help you reach it. Don't get me started on insurance injustices. I find it ironic that they pay for all the medication and procedures to treat the symptoms of being over weight but don't want to cover the root cause. I for one would be happy to support you in anyway I can. If you aren't allowed to post these events/fundraising attempts, I would like you to PM me some info. I have a crazy schedule but I am sure there must be something I can do to help out.
    1608 days ago
  • SPARKYWATSON
    Try contacting the San Antonio Road Runners (SARR), they should be a great resource for organizing a 5k.
    1608 days ago
  • JUNEAU2010
    Too bad I am not in your area - I love jewelry and I love great causes!
    1608 days ago
  • DEB62BIE62
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    1608 days ago
  • SENTERSTOCK
    Awesome effort! Keep on !!


    1608 days ago
  • POOKASLUAGH
    So many good things happening MJ! I would be glad to help beta-read for you, and I hope to get to see your appearance on Thursday. :)
    1608 days ago
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