What “going viral” looks like

I thought I would actually try to insert some photos for the first time.  Today I had the pleasure of being a guest at our local CBC radio station 89.1FM. Here is their website http://www.cbc.ca/kitchener-waterloo/. I got to meet 3 very awesome people today. Andrea Bellemare, Jacky Sharkey, and of course Craig Norris. They made me feel really welcome and made my first on-air radio experience a blast! They said that my story went viral!  I can see why they choose to do this every day! Andrea reached out to me via Twitter and asked me to join them in studio to share my story. I was slightly nervous at first and I have to apologize to Craig because at the start I was looking down more then I was looking at him. You wear earphones and can hear each other so I think my brain forgot that I was still having a conversation with a real live human sitting right across from me. The interview wasn’t long but it was fun! You can listen to the interview by going to that website. If anyone has issues let me know via email and I will send link that way.  I got some awesome swag which included a hockey puck which my mom thought was pretty cool!!

Here are some pics from my time at the station

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Me sitting pretty in the booth getting ready.

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Chatting away with Craig.

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All done! Whew made it.

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Me and the lovely Andrea!

A great time had by all 🙂

 

I also did a Facebook discussion which didn’t start out so well. After an initial hiccup it got somewhat going. I answered some really great questions some were left there from hours ago but a few people dropped by to say hey! It was a great experience where I also got to know a very lovely lady by the name of London who helped me stay on track and made sure I didn’t forget anyone’s question.

 

I also want to share that I broke down today at work and bawled my eyes out. My manager came over to see if I was alright and told her they were happy tears. I have been so overwhelmed with the out pouring of love, admiration, and well wishes. It’s a lot to handle in a short time. A week ago I had taken the day off work because of an expected ice storm and stayed home Friday because it hit and EVERYTHING was covered in ice. Want to see?

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My point is a week ago I had NO clue what I was getting myself into. It’s been a crazy ride a fun one but man….I’m still shocked. Maybe my “breakdown” was a sign that maybe it’s starting to sink in??  Thanks again to all of YOU…. you know I’m going to keep saying that right!! Right??

Tomorrow is a new day and another new adventure!

Your comments answered

Hi everyone 🙂

No blog entry last night but I did update the “about” section, didn’t realize I had left it blank so took some time to add my contact info so if you want to drop me a line, or send me anything (but I will stress this again YOU DO NOT HAVE TO!!).

So I thought today would answer most of the questions and comments received so far. Here ya go:

Shawn:  Thanks for the kind words about my writing style. I haven’t considered living in the US I love that I’m Canadian, I love the health care system, I like that people don’t walk around with a gun strapped to their waist. I know that this isn’t true for most of the states but I’m not all that comfy with the thought of living there. Love to visit and plan to hopefully lots of visits!!  I haven’t yet been to Comic-con or Blizzcon yet but it’s on my bucket list! I very much in joy watching almost any Sci-Fi. I also haven’t lost many of my baby teeth and also would think it weird if I lost them now.

Paper Bugs: You’re poem brought tears to my eyes thanks SO much.

Robert Kerrigan: Too sweet! Thanks!

Joey Cameron: I plead the 5th…. Can I do that even if

Chris Lanigan: I have been to Ohio and one of my fav authors is from/lives. It is a beautiful place.

Bill: at this point I have some money saved but not a lot. I may have already had some plane tickets donated. 3 out of 4 but I’m good all I need is you support.

Everyone’s kindness and positive comments are AWESOME

Tommorow night I will be on CNN’s Facebook page at 8PM!! SO excited.

Will also try uploading some photo’s for tomorrow’s entry!

It just got crazy up in here!

First off I want to say THANK you and welcome. I hope that this blog is deserving of your view and I hope I keep everyone engaged.

Secondly I am SO new to this so please forgive me if it takes a bit to either approve comments or respond to them. I think the way I will structure this blog is that one day a week and respond to all comments posted since last comment updates. I’m needing to pick a day soon because WOW are people so nice and being responsive. I will Just send a quick note here to Bill and Kevin that I removed your email addy from the actual comment (I have kept it safe don’t worry) but didn’t want you both to get unwanted emails although anyone here wouldn’t probably be bad.

Thirdly but also about comments if you posted a comment and you don’t see it again I’m new and WordPress seems to “filter” for me and some may get labeled as spam and trying to find out where I can see those so that I can save any that went to the great beyond in error.

I wanted to also mention that we all have by now heard about the horrible attack that happened at the Boston Marathon please send positive thoughts their way. I’m always amazed at the level of both horror and kindness that both intertwine themselves with these events. To think that some crazy person packed ball barrings in to bombs with the intention of hurting people is really mind blowing. It’s really hard to wrap one’s head around it!! I was so glad to hear that the red cross said they didn’t need any more blood donations!! If only that happened more often.

Because of today’s horrific events my scheduled Facebook discussion was postponed and I’m 100% ok with that!! For those interested it should be happening either Tuesday night or Wednesday night.

The other crazy thing today is that CTV National news team was in my house!! I had tweeted the CNN article link to head news anchor Lisa LaFlamme just in the hopes she would read it. Only because for a long while she was in my hometown doing my local news and thought she would think it was cool. Well no sooner did I send the link did I get a tweet back asking if I would consider an on air interview. I didn’t say yes right away……who would?? It’s just crazy!! But after talking it over with family and friends decided to say yes thinking that it wouldn’t be for a few days well again imagine my surprise when the producer asked if Monday worked for me. I was nervous but said sure why the heck not I already committed might as well get it over with!! So John Vennavally-Rao and his camera man who’s name at this time escapes me, which is so bad to say, came!! They were both SUPER nice you could tell the story was rushed but they didn’t make ME feel that way. They spent over 3 hours with me and I can tell you filming for a news program is hard work (on their part not mine) lots of takes doing the exact same thing so that they can get different shots to make the editors happy. They filmed me walking 2 out of our 3 dogs, filmed me playing World of Warcraft and other various activities. I have no idea what the finished story will look like but I trust them to do good with it. Plus John knows to expect a “nice” email from me if he pronounces my last name wrong. The story was set to air tonight but because of the bombings a lot of their stories to bumped and mine was one of them. Again i’m 100% fine since I know that when it comes to news anything can happen. I really thought that having a camera in my face would make me nervous that I would sound like a fool but it was really easy.

On an unrelated note I again want to say thanks for all the people who have taken the time to write to me, to post on my facebook page, to tweet me… It’s all been overwhelming but in a good way. I know that i’m loved from my close friends, and my family but to have all of YOU, strangers just open up and tell me your stories to let me know that I have had such an impact has left tears in my eyes. Tomorrow I will go back to work and it will be with a new perspective I deal with a lot of angry and sometimes down right rude/mean people but I think I might treat them differently too. All of the comments where people say I’m a hero or their hero, that i’m an inspiration is so amazing and please forgive me when I say SO un-necessary as I am just a person who like everyone has a story to tell. I am still processing everything and will probably take a while to get used to people seeing me differently then I see myself.

On that note it’s quite late and I really need to stop (I could keep going, and going……) as I do have to get up at what I call the crack of stupid in order to make it to work on time.

Have great day tomorrow everyone!

One person really can make a difference

Well it’s been a long while since my first post here.

 

I started this blog as an outlet for me dealing with what it’s like to be different.  Then I stopped since no one from what I could tell was reading it. Man has that changed!

 

A few months ago when at work I was looking at CNN’s website, as I do everyday.  One photo essay caught my attention. I always gravitate towards stories of children and more so to stories featuring children who are “different”. The article was about these children who were abandoned and live in this hospital. I apologize but the actual place in the world escapes me just now.  The children featured were deformed in some way, they believe that they were born this way because of the dangerous and harmful effects of a chemical called agent orange.  I learned about this chemical in school during our studies on WW!! (or was it WW! that it was mainly used) and knew that it was banned a long time ago and also know that it’s still being used in a lot of poorer countries since they can’t afford the alternatives.  This is disturbing enough all in of itself but NOT what really got me.  At the start of the photo essay there was a warning that read as follows “Warning: the following photographs contain graphic content of severely deformed children.  viewer discretion is advised.” This PISSED me off to no end because the first picture was of this sweet little girl who had the biggest smile you could tell that despite her surroundings she was HAPPY. The other reason why this hurt me was because I am different. I am “deformed” and reading that view discretion warning ahead of the article was amount to telling me that every time I left the house I should wear a similar warning.  I of course commented on the article not thinking anything would happen (and it didn’t) so the next day I emailed them directly I wrote about how I was so hurt and offended and that i wanted to stick up for those children and give them a voice.  They don’t know what/who CNN is they don’t know that they were “labeled” as so many of us are so I asked, pleaded with CNN to reconsider their warning. Again I didn’t think anything of it I sent the email with thought that I tried that I gave a voice.

 

To my surprise the next day I got an email from CNN a wonderful person whom I have come to know named Debbi and she wanted to let me know that she had got my email and that she would forward it to the “powers that be” to see if it can be changed. Again I was just THRILLED that the acknowledged me and that was all I needed.  The next day she emailed me again to let me know that they had agreed to change the wording so that it wasn’t so insensitive but she also asked if she could call me. She had a proposal to run by me and of course I jumped at that!

 

What happened next has changed my life. When she called me a few days later she again apologized for the insensitive word choice and asked if I would be ok if they shared my story. ME, CNN wanted to do a story about me…. even writing this now it’s surreal and so crazy! Debbi and I made a date to talk again so that she could interview me we have spoken before this and since and just want to let everyone know that the people who write these articles are AMAZING people. The first draft of the article was a bit long so they had to shorten it but I will post the extended version here in a few days. I emailed her pictures and just waited.

 

Today it was posted and the response has been amazing.  I have committed to not reading the comments since some people are jerks but have friends and family trolling them and sending me the best including a poem that was written by a lovely person which again I will share in a bit.

 

So to all those who read this THANKS!! You are all amazing people who have touched my heart and restore some of my faith in humanity.