You see, I've become very active in the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America in Orange County. I'm on the volunteer leadership board and help co-facilitate a support group. It has been a great way for me to take control over some things this disease had tried to take away and I feel like I'm paying it forward.
My mission continues to be to ensure others with IBD do not have to feel alone in their fight.
Anywho, I've struggled with even putting this on here, because as much as I love to chat and speak in public, I do NOT like to toot my own horn or receive personal attention of that nature. And I don't participate in any of these things for recognition of any kind. But I have to see that it's in the name of spreading awareness of Crohn's and Colitis and the work of CCFA.
And in continuation of that, I am humbled beyond words to let you all know that the CCFA has named me their Honored Hero at the Orange County walk in June!!! And although hero is too strong a word, I won't let them down in this great honor. You can read more about it here.
Which brings me back to the reporter coming on over. She was here to talk to me about the walk and the honor. I was happy to share my story in hopes that somebody might read it, connect with it and find hope in it.
The online article ran last week, with some horrifying photos of me and some factual errors as to the name of my pouch in the photo captions. But hey whatever it takes right.
But the actual print edition ran this past Saturday. And although it was weird to see myself in the paper, you won't believe it, but three people have contacted me through my blog email address. Letting me know they've had the disease for years, that they were excited to see a real person sharing their story and to connect.
I'm flabbergasted! I find it completely incredible that an article in the local paper has made an impact in our community already and I really am so proud to be a part of this. My mission is working.
My faith in the printed newspaper was restored too. It really does work and people still read.
So if you're a new reader that found me through the article, "Hi and welcome!" Don't be shy, leave a comment if you feel inclined. I'm so happy to e-meet you all.