Advocacy for Beginners

True happiness... is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. Helen Keller...more

Awareness

“Awareness is like the sun. When it shines on things, they are transformed.” ― Thích Nhất Hạnh...more

Adventures in Advocacy

Working on getting my new blog off the ground. The main focus of the blog is assisting families that have kids with disabilities. My oldest has Down's syndrome and type I diabetes, and I also have a set of twins that were 7 weeks premature.I look forward to learning from you and sharing my experiences.Luz Adriana Martinez...more

GMOs Go Hollywood: Interview with the Filmmakers behind CONSUMED

A diner shouldn’t be a scary place, where plates of fried chicken threaten and provoke.A grocery store shouldn’t induce panic attacks worthy of ominous underscoring....more

Suffering the Silence: A New Book Advocates for Chronic Lyme Disease Sufferers

Allie Cashel, Lyme advocate and author of Suffering the Silence. Photos by Amanda Crommett Photography.I don’t think I ever fully woke up the morning of Allie Cashel’s book launch for Suffering the Silence: Chronic Lyme Disease in an Age of Denial.By 10am my happy little dog was ready to get up and go, but my body wasn’t. A walk, iced green tea, breakfast, and a few hours of work later, and I still felt in a funk. Joint pain crept in. I battled it with twenty minutes of gentle yoga, and for a short while I felt my body opening up and breathing deeply. But then it closed quickly again, worsening from the exertion, blowing into severe pain and threatening to go into full crash mode.By the time I’d made it down to the party, I was depleted, vulnerable, and in worsening pain. I stayed all of twelve minutes; long enough to congratulate Allie and her publicist Erica’s achievements, buy a few copies of the book, and wish them well on their book tour, before sneaking away without saying goodbye.I wandered the Lower East Side, lonely in my pain and anxiety, feeling inadequate in not being able to stay longer at a celebration I’d anticipated for months. I was angry with myself for not being able to filter out the loud hum of the celebratory voices filling the gallery space, which felt like lightning in my brain and on my skin. I was frustrated that I couldn’t just will myself into being bright and bubbly and social, as I truly wanted to be.I spent the entire weekend in bed, resting and trying to restore. This happens, sometimes. Because I’ve dealt with Lyme disease - with its co-infections and mysteriously endless, wavering symptoms - for over twenty years....more
It's all true and terrible. It's also underfunded and widely mistreated and denied. But there is ...more

When Celebrities Stand on the Soapbox…

Celebrities. The public tends to flock to whatever their celebrity idol considers en vogue, be it clothing, a diet or a new hairstyle. But what happens when that new trend is a philanthropic cause? Without a doubt, the likes of Beyoncé, Cedric the Entertainer and Alicia Keys have been largely well received for their stance on major social issues and personal dedication to their causes. However, not all celebrities have stood on quite so sturdy a soapbox, leading many to question the merit of the cause they represent. So, let’s explore the hotly contested issue of celebrity advocacy....more

5 Tips to Get Lawmakers to Listen to You

How do we take our stories straight to our elected representatives to make the changes mothers need in the US today? At the Mom-mentum Leadership Conference in March I met Serena Liguori, Associate Director of Herstory, an organization that teaches marginalized women — including homeless, imprisoned, immigrant, disabled — to write and tell their stories....more

National Women's Health Week: African American Women Health Matter

"If you a fly gal, get your hair done, get a pedicure, your nails did and get your annually check up." -Missy ft Drea, Work It Remixed by Brown Girl From Boston *I have added the annually check up piece*...more

The birth of advocacy

It happened again.I got a dreaded phone call from a girlfriend who lost her full term baby, abruptly, unexpectedly- in the dangerous passage from warm comfortable uterus to the sharp, cold air of the birth room. As always, I cried. I cursed the world. I stopped breathing for a minute, the pain impenetrable, then exhaled, anguished. My heart races and I hold my hand over my mouth, "No, no." The unthinkable has happened....more
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