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Friday, 2 March 2012

Just Imagine If You Couldn't See the Beauty Of The World Around You ....

Most of my dear bloggy friends know that I have been without an internet connection for around five weeks now, but I read this on facebook about one of our own, and I just really wanted to get involved, so I have just borrowed another computer to write this post.  I have to confess that I have  copied some of this post  from our good friend Carol over at Facing50withhumour
 I know that she won't mind, but I just wanted to get the word out there.  Just imagine if we woke up one morning and all we could see was darkness.  One of our incredibly brave fellow bloggies needs all the help that we  can give her, and I know that all my friends will rally round in whatever way they can, because they all care so much about each other.
The lovely Melynda
    Here's the deal, Melynda from Crazy World NEEDS our help. If you don't know what I'm talking about, please go here:

This may be goodbye for now

    She's gone legally blind in BOTH eyes. I visited her recently and it broke my heart. She doesn't have ANY of the supplies she needs (such as a talking blood sugar monitor for her diabetes, or computer programs to read her emails, texts etc. aloud). 

    A few weeks ago, Melynda lost her house. Then, Meaghan (her daughter) almost died from a cyst that attached itself to an artery and leaked! Now this. Melynda is obviously sad about losing her driver's license and independence. She WILL conquer this, though; she's a survivor.
    Her strength and resolve astound me. I'll never forget when someone tried breaking into my house. Melynda stayed up all night guarding my house from across the street (because Cade was gone).  
    She couldn't see, but said she'd still 'watch' AND listen. I laughed thinking she was joking, but come to find out, she was serious. That woman stayed in her driveway ready to fight Lucifer if she had to.
    I went outside at one point. Melynda couldn't see me even in the lights from my porch. I looked over, so proud to call her my friend. She wore shorts, a babydoll top and a sassy hat. It was COLD outside, but nothing will get that woman down--and even the cold elements don't bother HER--because she's better than Xena, really.  
    She smoked into the wind, looking serious the whole time. I kept thinking how amazing she is. She couldn't see my house, but by golly she'd rather die than go to sleep and feel like she wasn't guarding it for me somehow.
    I asked her about it later. "Why did you stay up? I know you couldn't see."
    "So what if I couldn't see them! THEY could see me. I can't imagine someone trying to break in, when someone else seems to be sitting there watching."
    That's just Mel, classy and brilliant all the time.
   Any time I was sick, she'd make me food. I swear I'd sneeze and she'd make me a lasagna. Sneezing led to a good time! I learned to LOVE getting sick just so I could get yummy food.
    The point is, she's really been there for me--and she's epic--but right now it's my turn to be there for her!
    A few days ago I helped her apply for disability (she couldn't see the form let alone drive to the place). We're talking with a rep on the phone again today and filling out more forms.  It might be months until she qualifies, but she's trying to do everything she needs to.       
    She's already battling depression. She needs a purpose, some love, some support. Melynda will be fine. The woman who guards houses--even blind--that's my buddy. Anyone like that WILL beat this, but she still doesn't have what she needs. Having the proper tools would help so much.

    I've thought long and hard about this. Here's my idea:
    How great would it be if Melynda could EARN some money to be able to afford what she needs?! Her own hard work--her own TALENT, paving a way for her to succeed even through this! Many people have left her comments asking if she'd turn her blog posts into a book. Months ago I read those comments and begged Melynda on your behalf. "Please let me publish some of the stories from your blog. I could split them into the four seasons and then your readers can have four fun novellas to read anywhere!"
    "I don't know, E."
    "Listen," I said. "People LOVE your writing. This is a good idea."
    She paused.  "Having a book published is a big dream of mine. But do you think it's good enough?"
    I'd sneezed that day--so she'd made me lasagna. I shoveled some food into my mouth, then swallowed and licked my lips. I set my fork down hard. "Listen, woman. I wouldn't offer to publish just anyone, seriously. My reputation is on the line, too. Writing is my lively-hood now. I believe in you. This should prove how much. I would publish your work in a heartbeat. We need to edit it and do some fine tuning, but that's how it goes with anyone. You want your readers to have a quality product they can enjoy. Then after publishing those, you need to make a cookbook with this recipe for lasagna included! Are you up for it?"
    "Novellas, huh?"
    "Yeah, because they're convenient not only at home, but in the office, at doctors' offices and in personal bathrooms."
    She laughed. "Nice."  Then, she finally agreed. We put one book together. Fishducky edited it months ago. I created a cover and formatted it. Here's what we came up with:


    We sent it back to Melynda, but her eyesight went downhill fast after that and she never got to really "SEE" her book.

   Here's the deal, Melynda's book is now in the review process! I plan on working my butt off to get this project done by March 1st! 100% of the profit will go to help Melynda.

   I'm trying to be sneaky and surprise the woman.  Ka-pow!
    She needs something positive to happen in her life. She's lost her house, her sight; her fifteen-year-old son moved to Italy; now, she almost lost her daughter! The woman NEEDS a break.

    She'll be thrilled to have a published book, and know others are enjoying it! Plus, I'D be thrilled knowing she can make money to afford what she needs. "

    Do you have any additional thoughts or ideas? I know that all of us who have started blogging, feel that we have gained an extensive family, and this is one member of our family who really could do with a helping hand right now!

Thank you so much for reading this.  Sending hugs to you all, as always. My new Router has arrived, and I really hope that I will be back on line next Tuesday, the 6th March.  Please keep fingers and toes crossed for me!


Shelly said...

I was most touched when I read this on your's and Odie's Facebooks. I will be buying these, and praying for her.

Claudia Moser said...

I am so happy to see the way blogging friends help each other. Saw this on Carol's blog and I am joining for sure!

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

I have been reading quite a few posts about Melynda,apparently she is thrilled about the book.
It is quite a journey she has had. I hope you do not mind me sharing the link here to one of the amazing young ladies behind this.

Odie Langley said...

Thank you for this awesome post my friend. Melynda is a very unique lady and we need to help her in any way we can. I had her book downloaded to my Kindle yesterday and I am already about a third of the way through it. I love it, love it. She has such a way with words and her experiences are amazing to say the least.
It was less than $3 so I hope everyone will get a copy and have as much fun as I am.
Have a great rest of your Friday and an awesome weekend my sweet friend.

"Auntie" sezzzzzz... said...

How can one purchase this?????????

"I couldn't have electricity in the house, I wouldn't sleep a wink. All those vapors floating about."
~Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham

colenic said...

Both you and Odie posted about this today. I am going to go download to my Kindle- can I get it on Amazon? or it there another link...
Bloggers are amazing people!! I haven't read her before but I will wonder on over...hugs

Shady Del Knight said...

Hello, dear Thisisme! This courageous woman is fortunate to have a global network of friends taking massive action to help her. I read her story on Desiree's blog yesterday. Word is spreading rapidly and it will surely translate to book sales as caring people all around the world continue to take up her cause. I have every confidence this dear woman will get the tools she needs to adapt to her new reality. Thank you for helping to get the word out. I've missed you, Thisisme. I hope you are in good health and in good spirits. I can't wait till you're back among us again with your internet hassles behind you.

becca said...

wow she is amazing and you are wonderful for doing this

Desiree said...

A beautiful contribution to Melynda's cause, Diane! I know this will have a ripple effect :)

Duncan D. Horne - the Kuantan blogger said...

Blogging really does provide a worldwide family for us. Sending my best wishes to Melynda as she battles through this tough time. I'm sure you are going to be a great strength to her!

Glenda said...

I would also love to know how to get a copy. I have an ereader, but not a Kindle. Is there a hard copy available?

I'm so sorry about your internet continuing to be down. That's a bummer. Of course, I would probably accomplish much more around the house if mine went down for a few weeks ;)

Belle said...

I have read about Melynda and am buying the book. I don't know her, but I love reading blogs so I'm sure I will love her book too. She is a brave soul and I am praying for her. It is wonderful how everyone has rallied around her.

I am waiting impatiently for you to have internet again. I've missed you so much.

Retired English Teacher said...

How incredibly sad. Thanks for sharing this with us. I will look into getting the book.

Eva Ason said...

Dear Diane,
What a beautiful and touching post.
Will definitely try to get a hold of that book.

Looking forward to see you back online again!
Have a lovely weekend!


Chatty Crone said...

I am looking forward to you back on line. I will pray for your neighbor and I will check out her site and book. Love,sandie

Jo-Anne's Rambling said...

Melynda is an amazing woman and reading this has made me even more aware how amazing she it, I have alread gone and bought her book and look forward to reading it...........

Darlene said...

This is a wonderful post on Melynda. She's an amazing lady. I've been praying for her and will be buying her book also.

Susan said...

Hi Thisisme. I am so sorry for yur friend Melynda, but, so proud of her bravery! I can't imagine what it would be like not to see the beauty around me. And you are such a wonderful friend. I would like to have her book also-it looks fun! Have a great weekend Thisisme! And, hugs to Melynda!