It's going to come as no surprise to anyone who knows anything about the DOC that a certain someone has been on my mind consistently for the last month. I remember her in all my prayers. I think about her throughout my days. I pause at random moments to offer up a prayer for her and her boys. Meri has touched nearly all of us in some way or another, and all in positive ways. She is an amazing inspiration. She encourages and supports. And throughout it all, she shows us what it means to have grace and hope. I've been at a loss for the last month as well. I wish I had a million in the bank so I could donate it all to her and the boys. I wish I could make a true difference for them. I haven't been able to figure out what exactly I could do to help them in some significant way. Lots of ideas have flitted through my mind...most have involved writing to Medtronic or the ADA or JDRF and telling them each that they absolutely need to hire this amazing woman to write for them, to be a diabetes advocate for them, to bring her into their organization in some significant way so she can change the diabetes world for the better. And while those ideas still are flitting around in my head and trying to take form, my sister offered me up an idea that I want to bring here, to ask for help in making this happen. My older sister, Debbie, reminds me of Meri so much. She is an incredible mom to four boys (obvious similarity there) and is also one of the kindest, funniest people I know. She's only read a bit of Meri's blog, when I've posted links on Facebook. And after a recent link, she called me and in her words...."you need to see if you can get Ellen to meet Meri". It sounded so perfect of an idea to me at the time that I wasn't sure why it hadn't occurred to me earlier!
So....can we do this? Can we all send Ellen notes regarding Meri and her absolutely incredible spirit and amazing story and how much she's inspired us all with her grace and hope and beauty? I'm hoping we can get the word out and bombard Ellen sufficiently that she'll take notice! If you'd like to participate, HERE is where you go to give all your details and tell Ellen about the amazing Meri. Let's see if we can get this done!