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Last month, I had the honor of going to Costa Rica on my company’s Top Performer trip. One of the things I love most about the opportunity – other than just escaping the Indiana winter – is that I get to interact with my colleagues about things non-work related. As my husband and I were lounging around in the pool, The Sussy Project came up. My colleague DP, and his wife Susan, told me about their daughter, Matti. She is a gorgeous high schooler who just happens to have a hearing impairment. But the real story, and the connection to The Sussy Project, was about Allison. When I returned from the trip, we had received a nomination for Allison for a sussy. Here is what DP wrote:

Our daughter, Matti, is a special kid, who is strong, beautiful, and smart, but has difficulty communicating given her hearing impairment, and is on a bit of a ‘different track’ than most other students at Loveland High.   

Allison is popular, a varsity athlete, and a great all-around person.  Since Matti arrived at Loveland as a Freshman, Allison has gone out of her way to include Matti in ‘EVENTS’ like homecoming pre-gatherings, to simple things like an invitation to sit at her table at lunch.  This has all been done with the best intentions, and with nothing but unconditional want to make Matti feel included.  Matti, and we, have appreciated every effort in this regard.  

 If there were more “Allisons” around, we’d all be in a better place!

 

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 Allison and Matti at Homecoming this year

It’s incredible to consider the age of these young women and what a paramount time in their lives it is. For Allison to include Matti the way she has, simply because she is a good person and likes Matti, shows so much confidence, leadership and compassion. We are honored to have been introduced to Allison and were really excited to Sussy her.

DP came up with the great idea to send Allison a gift card to Target so she can purchase some “off to college” items. We reached out to Allison and let her and her parents know of the nomination and to look out for the sussy.

Here is what Allison said in response:

Receiving the Sussy Award was such a surprise, and I am so thankful to have been recognized by such a lovely family like the Pooles!  Little do they know that Matti has impacted my life as well.  She is the sweetest and most loving girl that you will ever meet.  She is always happy. :)  This special trait of hers brings out the best in me.  Matti has also helped me to see the world from a different view point because of her hearing impairment.  I love spending time with Matti, whether we’re just chilling out or dancing like no one is watching at homecoming!  I can’t wait for prom this year, Matti!! :)

And her lovely parents wrote to us too:

As parents, we are extremely proud of Allison.  Not necessarily because of what she has accomplished in her young life, but rather because of who she is as a person each and every day.  She is a special and thoughtful  individual who genuinely cares for others unconditionally.  Deliberately, and at times unknowingly, with her actions Allison reminds us about what is most important in this world.  And for that we are truly blessed. –Mary Beth Kluge and Steve Kluge

We love this story for a variety of reasons – just one of them being that we were introduced to two pretty spectacular high school girls. But in addition, when I consider this story in relation to all the ones we hear about how bad high school has gotten for teens: bullying, cliches, peer pressure. Though high school wasn’t a treat for me, I can’t imagine going backwards and doing it over in this day and age. It’s a story like this one – of Matti and Allison – that reminds us there are great students doing wonderful things. There are confident women who are kind and compassionate. And it’s those people that will become the leaders of the next generation.

I hope this story gets shared with other kids in high school. I hope they see that the best way to get to big places is by being kind.

As Kurt Vonnegut says….

“Hello babies. Welcome to Earth. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It’s round and wet and crowded. On the outside, babies, you’ve got a hundred years here. There’s only one rule that I know of, babies- God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.”

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It’s fitting to write this post on Valentine’s Day when yesterday, Indiana took a major step in the right direction in recognizing all love. For those that haven’t been following along, there has been a massive political debate in our state. An amendment, HJR3, was proposed to strengthen the gay marriage ban already in existence. Essentially, this measure would amend our state constitution to not allow gay marriage or civil unions in the state of Indiana. And the organization fighting this amendment, is called Freedom Indiana.

About Freedom Indiana

We are a statewide bipartisan coalition of businesses, faith leaders, civil rights and community organizations, and individuals united to defeat HJR-3, formerly known as HJR-6. This anti-freedom amendment duplicates existing law and would permanently ban all protections for same-sex couples and their families and remove existing protections for unmarried Hoosiers.

And the woman behind Freedom Indiana? Megan Robertson. She and her organization mobilized opponents of HJR3 Indiana to stand up for equality, for love and for the rights of everyone in this state. They encouraged us to write and call our congressmen and senators. To show up to the state house in support. To protest this hateful bill that would have made Indiana a state that doesn’t stand for love. She fought for every gay and lesbian in our state and yesterday, it paid off. She essentially worked herself out of a job!

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I remember being in Oxford England with my good friend Roberto in 2002. We were talking about religion and politics. And we talked about gay marriage. Roberto asked me if I thought we would see gay marriage legalized in our country, in our lifetime. Both of could hardly imagine that this discrimination would go on for 30, 40, 50 more years and we both agreed that we’d see massive change in the coming years. Though we aren’t there yet and our state still has a long way to go, we have  made big strides in the right direction just this year. And a lot of that is do to Megan and Freedom Indiana.

For all of those reasons, she was nominated for a sussy anonymously earlier this week, and here is what we emailed Megan:

You were nominated for your tireless work in defeating HJR3. Our community is better with you in it, fighting for equality and fighting for love. So please accept this sussy as a thank you from all of us who have been a part of your movement. You are inspiring. You will received an email from Starbucks shortly with your eGiftCard. We know this is just a small token of gratitude but we hope that it makes you smile.

And despite all that was going on in the state house this week, she found time to write us back:

What a great project and idea.  I checked back through your website and was really left speechless by some of the reasons other folks “got sussied”.  There are so many people out there doing amazing things for others and it is easy to lose track of how great people can be when you spend every day in the hustle and bustle of a campaign.  So for me, the real sussy is less about the gift card (though I will use it!) and more reading about the other people who were nominated.  What I’m doing really doesn’t compare to what a lot of those people do every day. 
 
But to whoever nominated me, thanks very much.  I’m sure you are someone who has been active in our efforts and that is the real reason we have been able to be as successful as we have been so far.  Thousands of people across this state have stepped up and decided to do something.  And because of that, we’ve been able to influence policy in our state in a way that really hasn’t happened in a very long time. I’ve never seen anything like it and am so excited to have been able to be a part of this incredible effort.  
 
Thanks, 
Megan
Please join me in thanking Megan for what she has done. Send a tweet to @meganrobertson letting her know how grateful we are for her work on this campaign.
And spend this day loving those around you. Love is love.
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When I received the following nomination I realized it was a story after my own heart strings. I married a man who has a passion for climbing mountains and it is a passion that is either engrained in a person or it’s not. The gentleman mentioned in the nomination is someone who is awe-inspiring, someone who motivates you and someone who makes you realize “Maybe I can do that”. But, the woman behind the scenes is the true “unsung motivator” to all of us. She married a man who had a passion, too. And she clearly supports him and loves him through it all. Today we recognize all of those people who do a lot of that “behind the scenes” work for those they love.

Cheryl Cutting sent us this nomination:

I’d like to nominate Ellen Weihenmayer for a sussy! Ellen is the wife of renowned blind adventurer, Erik Weihenmayer. She represents, for me, so many of the unsung heroes in this world. She is the ‘pit crew’, the “behind the scenes” Atlas holding up the ‘world’ so that her husband can go out and do all the good he does in the world. She does a lot of the really hard work – runs the business, is mom to their children, serves in her community and also does a lot of good, impactful work in her own right, but it is never seen. However, her doing all the ‘invisible’ things she does means that Erik can go out and visibly impact and change the paradigm for people living with disabilities in the world today.

We did some research on Erik and were in awe of all the things he accomplishes. And yet on this day, we get to honor his “rock.” So we sent Ellen flowers and told her about the nomination and what The Sussy Project stands for.

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After Ellen received her flowers I reached out to her and her response made you realize why she was nominated in the first place:

 Hello Rachel. I received my lovely tulips the other day and everyone has been asking about them. It’s such a nice award. Thank you very much.

I call this kind of award a “quiet person’s award.” Quiet people need loud people who need quiet people in their lives. My husband’s kind of loud. He’s loud in the sense that he is living his extraordinary life so vividly that others can easily see and hear and be touched by his unparalleled achievements. Tapping his blind cane toward a door the other day, I saw someone open it for him. I watched as he entered. By the time I arrived at the same door, after locking our car doors, the man who had helped Erik said to me, “sorry.” The door had shut and I’d have to open it by myself. I didn’t mind. I’ve been okay about finding my own doors to open. It was the “sorry” that got to me. What is that? Sorry that his rules of helping others didn’t extend to me? Sorry my timing was off? I spent the evening thinking about his apology. Maybe the “sorry” comment was because he didn’t see me, or hear me in time to hold the door.  Maybe if he had just known I was there, he would have helped.

Cheryl called me a member of Erik Weihenmayer’s pit crew – the unsung “Atlas” going about my days quietly, efficiently; with Erik’s mission at the heart of my work. Setting an example for others to lead, Erik has transformed the image people once had of the blind. He is quite remarkable in his day-to-day no limits, no barriers mindset. I am proud to see the doors swinging open for him. But his success should not be an excuse to let my own life be less extraordinary.  Martyrdom has its own pity party.

We should all be met with people willing to open a door or two in our lives. My friend, Cheryl Cutting and this very cool Sussy award allows me the wonderful opportunity to assess my life. It reaffirms the notion that being just a few steps behind greatness isn’t good enough. In Erik’s words, REACH! I hope to do more of that.

Thank you so very much, for the encouragement.

Ellen Weihenmayer

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What a beautiful response and the exact reason why she deserves this nomination. Thank you, Ellen, for your inspiring words. Reading this made us think and ponder about all the people behind the scenes that live extraordinary lives and do incredible things, like Ellen. So here is our ask of you:

Take some time to look around you. You may think you have someone “obvious” to nominate – but is there some “Atlas” behind that person that could use a Sussy, too?

Recently, we received an anonymous nomination for Cheryl. This is what the nominator wrote us:

Cheryl tragically lost her lifelong best friend, Jamie, on December 22, 2007. Jamie was murdered by her husband just a few units down from Cheryl’s apartment. It was an obvious day of tragedy for Cheryl & everyone who loved Jamie, but also a day of tragedy for everyone who loves Cheryl.

Cheryl’s life continues – she is married and is a mother to 3 children. But so many of these milestones in Cheryl’s life are incomplete because Jamie is missing. The 2 of them shared in every monumental moment of each other’s lives: Marriages, Graduations, New Homes, New Jobs, etc. Jamie was there for Cheryl & Cheryl was there for Jamie. Very few women have friendships so dedicated and honest.

I recently learned about the Sussy Project & decided that I would nominate Cheryl to receive a random act of kindness in honor of the amazing friendship she had with Jamie & the tragic end to a wonderful friend’s life.

(What do you suggest for the sussy?): A margarita themed gift basket or something for a girls night like movie passes, Starbucks card, etc. – something for her to use with a friend; something that could help her make a happy friendship-based memory.

We can’t imagine how difficult it must be to tragically and suddenly lose your best friend. We of course wanted to brighten Cheryl’s day, honor the loss of Jamie and celebrate the nominator who is clearly a good friend as well. So we sent Cheryl a gift basket for a girl’s night in!

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Cheryl received the basket and responded with the following:

I did receive the basket… it was a very nice surprise!  It did make my week brighter, this time of year is difficult for me for several reasons and I looked forward to the basket after the email. Thank you and Thanks to whoever nominated me!

We hope that Jamie’s memory lives on and that new memories and new friendships are made.

—If you are interested in nominating someone for a sussy, please do so here!

We received the following nomination  from Trena for her friend Amy:

I need to nominate my friend Amy for a Sussy.  We used to work together and her office was my go-to hideout when something was bothering either one of us, and we spent more time than we probably should have lamenting over life’s issues.  Amy has had a tough year.  As the momma of three kids (two teenagers and a toddler) and a full-time employee, her plate and schedule would be overwhelming under the best circumstances.  But this year has not been the best of circumstances.  Her oldest and her youngest have both had pretty serious medical issues, some of which are still being worked out.  It seems she spends more time at doctor’s offices and the hospital than out (not including the one she works for!)  There is no one I could name that deserves a few minutes of “me time” than Amy.  With everything that has happened, sleep can come up short occasionally.  Please send her a Starbucks card, so she can enjoy a few minutes of peace and quiet, even if it is on her morning commute.

During this holiday season, hearing of this mom’s plight with her kiddos definitely pulled on our heart strings. We immediately sprung into action and emailed Amy a Starbucks gift card. Within hours I received the following response from Amy about her Sussy:

I had to sit on this for a few moments so it could sink it.  It’s not because I was surprised that Trena would do something like this, because I am not but I am surprised that Trena did this.  I am greatful for a friendship that probably never would have happened if another coworker didn’t have a baby and Trena covered the position.  I was terribly sad when she left our company but am so glad that we have the kind of friendship that we do.

She is right, I spend more time in doctors offices and hospitals than I care to mention.  I have 3 children that range from 15 down to 2.5.  The girls have had health issues in the past year that have kept me out of work, in hospitals and on the road 80% of my day.  As a single mom dealing with these issues and still trying to maintain a full time job, sleep is sometimes the thing on that “TO DO” list that I forgot to do.   My kids are my world and I would go to the ends of the earth to get them care that they need and deserve. 

Thank you to The Sussy Project and to Trena.  Because of you, my smile is a little more genuine today.

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We hope receiving the Starbucks gift card has allowed Amy a moment of reprieve and a few moments for some “Amy time”.

————If you know of someone you’d like to surprise with kindness, please nominate him or her today!————————

Yesterday, when doing inventory of the Christmas gifts I had purchased, I realized there were a few missing. So I went to my email inbox and tracked all the orders. I discovered that four packages were delivered to my front porch on Monday. I hadn’t received any of them.

Now I was warned not to have things delivered to my house during the holidays. We live downtown and though it’s a lovely neighborhood, it’s not immune to crime. In fact, given it’s proximity to some not-so-safe neighborhoods, we are exposed to more issues than, say, our old house. But I did all of my shopping online this year and never thought a thing of shipping them to our house. Almost nightly, I’d arrive home to a package and put it in the “needs to be wrapped” pile under the tree.

But Monday, we were robbed. A sweater for my dad, a doctor’s kit, a stuffed animal and a puzzle for my niece, and 2 airsoft guns for my little brothers-in-law. All stolen off our porch. I was devastated. I didn’t really know what to do but I got online and reordered the toys for the boys, but had to pay $40 in shipping to get them on time. I then went to the toy website for my niece only to find that the adorable doctor’s kit was now backordered. I was able to repurchase the puzzle and stuffed animal but again had to pay handsomely for rush shipping. But when it came down to re-buying the sweater for my dad, I couldn’t pull the trigger. It was a $159 sweater from LL Bean and I just couldn’t justify spending $300+ on a single present.

I posted my woes to both Twitter and Facebook and a couple of people suggested I call the companies and they might replace the stolen items. So I called LL Bean and explained what happened. I was shocked with the man on the other end of the line said he would reorder the sweater for me, apologized to me for my situation and asked if there was a different (safer) address to send it to. Some jerk stole these presents and yet LL Bean made it better. I immediately tweeted about their great customer service and was very happy that many of my followers retweeted the good press. (Tell @llbean how great they are via twitter!)

Things were looking up and in the grand scheme of things, losing these packages was a small obstacle. I tried to keep it in perspecitve, but was still quite grumpy and my Christmas spirit wasn’t so bright.

Until I came home from work to find an envelope among our mail. It just said “Meggie” on the front and so I opened it. I found this:

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I had been sussied. BIG TIME. I handed it to JD and he asked me who did it. I had no idea but I can tell you that the feeling of pure surprise, happiness and “really? Someone did this for me?” was overwhelming. If the recipients of our sussies feel anything close to how I felt, then this project is worth every single ounce of energy I pour into it. Someone surprised me with kindness and it worked.

Now I love surprises but I also love mysteries. So throughout the night, I wracked my brain to try to discover clues. The card had “Smallbox” on the back. I know 3 people who work at there so first reached out to Sara. It wasn’t her. Then I remembered that my best friend Natalie had asked me for my address earlier in the day. At the time, I assumed it was for Christmas card purposes, but later that day she posted on Facebook that she wasn’t sending out Christmas cards this year. Hmmmm… Though she lives in Raleigh, her little brother works for Smallbox here in Indy. BOOM. I immediately got onto FB and thanked Nick. Whether this had been anonymous or not, the sentiment was the same. But to know that Nick saw my post, found my address, drove a card and $50 to me and did so because he wanted to make my day better, made this sussy every sweeter. In his words….

nickI will definitely be paying this forward and can’t wait to figure out just how to make someone feel as good as I do about this sussy. Thank you, Nick, for making my week.

If you want to sussy someone, nominate him/her now!

We received the following nomination  from Trena for her friend Amy:

I need to nominate my friend Amy for a Sussy.  We used to work together and her office was my go-to hideout when something was bothering either one of us, and we spent more time than we probably should have lamenting over life’s issues.  Amy has had a tough year.  As the momma of three kids (two teenagers and a toddler) and a full-time employee, her plate and schedule would be overwhelming under the best circumstances.  But this year has not been the best of circumstances.  Her oldest and her youngest have both had pretty serious medical issues, some of which are still being worked out.  It seems she spends more time at doctor’s offices and the hospital than out (not including the one she works for!)  There is no one I could name that deserves a few minutes of “me time” than Amy.  With everything that has happened, sleep can come up short occasionally.  Please send her a Starbucks card, so she can enjoy a few minutes of peace and quiet, even if it is on her morning commute.

 During this holiday season, hearing of this mom’s plight with her kiddos definitely pulled on our heart strings. We immediately sprung into action. Rachel, from our Sussy Squad, contacted Amy and we had emailed her a Starbucks gift card.

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Within hours I received the following response from Amy about her Sussy:

I had to sit on this for a few moments so it could sink it.  It’s not because I was surprised that Trena would do something like this, because I am not but I am surprised that Trena did this.  I am grateful for a friendship that probably never would have happened if another coworker didn’t have a baby and Trena covered the position.  I was terribly sad when she left our company but am so glad that we have the kind of friendship that we do.

She is right, I spend more time in doctors offices and hospitals than I care to mention.  I have 3 children that range from 15 down to 2.5.  The girls have had health issues in the past year that have kept me out of work, in hospitals and on the road 80% of my day.  As a single mom dealing with these issues and still trying to maintain a full time job, sleep is sometimes the thing on that “TO DO” list that I forgot to do.   My kids are my world and I would go to the ends of the earth to get them care that they need and deserve. 

Thank you to The Sussy Project and to Trena.  Because of you, my smile is a little more genuine today.

 We hope receiving the Starbucks gift card has allowed Amy a moment of reprieve and a few moments for some “Amy time”.

 

If you want to make someone’s day better, nominate him or her today!

Do you know someone who stops everything to help you – always finds a way to make things happen?  We received a nomination from Ann about her friend, Pam, who is that type of person.  Pam wanted to help her friend’s daughter with Epilepsy so she started a foundation!  Pam has a passion for helping pitbull dogs and has made it her goal to help save pittbulls in need.  It’s time Pam was honored for all of her hard work and selflessness she displays on a daily basis. When we received Pam’s nomination we could not wait to honor her.
Below is the nomination Anne wrote about her amazing friend, Pam.
 
“Pam is one of the most giving, selfless people I know. She is always doing kind things for others. Her close friend has a 3-yr old daughter with epilepsy and Pam wanted to find a way to help. She is now the founder of Hustle For Harper And Epilepsy which promotes awareness and helps provide support to the local epilepsy community and their families.

Pam also is very active in helping find foster families for rescue pit bulls. She volunteers for events for Badges for Bullies in support of this cause.

Pam networks and uses social media to let others know about her causes. I think it would be great for her to be Sussied because she’s always doing kind things for others and she deserves to be recognized for all of the time and effort she puts into the things that she is so passionate about.

We sent Pam a gift card to treat herself to something nice and hopefully it put a smile on her face like she does to many people and furry friends.  We received the following email from Pam once she read her nomination.
“It took me a moment to process this email and to decide how to respond. Honestly, reading it, I became rather choked up. First, my friend Anne. She is such a doll. I took to her straight away when we met through a close mutual friend. I often envy her quiet, yet strong and seemingly totally together sense of self. She is a fantastic wife, mother and all around good person, to be nominated by her is such a shock and quite the honor.

Regarding that…I milled around your website and I ADORE this entire initiative. What a COOL group of people you are. You sure made MY day and countless others I see! Thank You!
 
My story. It would be easy to be long winded, so I will try to give the crib notes…
If I died tomorrow, I would be at peace, knowing while I was alive, I fought vehemently to save as many neglected, abused, tossed aside and forgotten living beings as possible. Mostly but not exclusively, Pitbull dogs. Pitbulls are amazingly loving and beautiful. Only 1 in 600 of them get out of shelters alive. Being born is their “crime”. The photo collage of the pittie is Carly, the first pup I saved. She had pneumonia and broken bones on death row and now smiles as she sleeps with her loving boy. She changed my life forever & inspired me to go on to help save countless other animals in need. It is my life meaning, I believe. Once you look into the eyes of a unwanted soul you realize, it is not about human or dog, pitbull or not, it is about love & life vs hate & death.
Carly IS Love
My new endeavor is Hustle for Harper and Epilepsy. It was launched just in time for Epilepsy Awareness month (November). My Goddaughter, Harper, and her family inspired me to do this! I have learned that even though Epilepsy kills 50,000 people a year (more than breast cancer), it is mostly overlooked. We need to blow the door wide open on this, so my Goddaughter and every other person diagnosed with this disorder do not live in the shadows and go through life feeling alone and misunderstood. My prayer is that Hustle for Harper and Epilepsy becomes to Epilepsy what the Susan G. Komen foundation is to Breast Cancer. www.hustleforharper.com
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Thank you for spreading happiness. I believe words are either gifts or weapons and you guys have mastered that very idea!”
Thanks to both Ann and Pam for being a part of The Sussy Project. We are so inspired by people like Pam who work tirelessly for the benefit of others – whether four-legged or two.
Please nominate someone today.

I have a very close relationship with my brother. Only 2 years apart, we have been close friends from the beginning of time (well at least my time). When reading Jill’s nomination of her brother, I thought about what it would be like to watch him struggle with the illness of his wife. I can hardly think about it actually. I love that Jill wanted to make her brother’s day, one sussy at a time.

Jill wrote us this:

I would like to nominate my brother, Kevin Swiontek for a Sussy!  My sister in law was diagnosed with stage 2 ovarian cancer at the end of November. My brother has been an amazing behind the scene person.  He has had to take care of two children under the age of 4 when she is under the weather.  On top of that, every winter he works the shot clock for the Butler Men’s and Women’s basketball home games as well as a full time job.

I think what you are doing is fantastic.  Focusing on the positive instead of the negative.

We reached out to Kevin and sent him a Visa gift card. Though it wasn’t overly personal, we hoped he could find something fun and relaxing to do with it. Though Kevin is a man of few words, we heard back from him with this:

Thank you! What a pleasant surprise. I appreciate the work you put into this.

The entire family, Jill, Kevin and Kevin’s wife are in our hearts and thoughts.

I’d love to hear about other amazing siblings that deserve a sussy. Please send us a nomination for yours today.

We love stories about family members and were really touched by Angela’s nomination of her mother. Angela wrote us this:

How do you put into words how incredible someone can be? When their strength and inspiration is so contagious in such a time of struggle and being afraid of the unknown, that she continues to smile every day. She continues to pray and have faith that everything will work out according to God’s plan. The woman I am describing is my mother. For the past three and a half weeks, she has spent every day and night by her husbands side in the ICU. He has fought through a bacterial infection and now is battling an unknown auto immune disease that has attacked his central nervous system. My mother is so deserving of a day to relax, breathe fresh air, and feel the sun on her skin. She has devoted everything to support and uplift my stepfathers spirit during this incredibly difficult time. I would like to nominate my wonderful mother for a sussy award!

We sent her mother a Darden gift card so she could have a selection of restaurants to go to on us. Ann, her mother, was thrilled! She sent us this beautiful post in response:

WOW!  My daughter nominated ME?  What a surprise!  I did not know my reactions would have such an impact on Angela. 

My husband, Jack is a very outgoing, charismatic and friendly individual, not to mention a pastor.  Two days after he married my daughter and her husband, he began feeling ill.  This illness turned into 3 visits to the E.R. and a result of 20 days in a coma, 25 days in ICU and an additional 21 days in a rehabilitation hospital. 

Needless to say, this rocked my world.  Angela, my daughter, was on her honeymoon during the first 8 days of the illness and I told her very little on the “happenings”.  Every day the doctors had a different theory, a different treatment and basically…no clue. 

We have 5 children between us and I felt like I had to be so strong for them. When I talked to Angela the night she returned from her honeymoon, she said to me, “You are the strongest woman I know and you will pull through this.  Jack is not going to die from this and God has His hands on him!”  Wow!  She was right.  So I continued to be positive and prayed harder. 

We had to wear yellow robes and sterile gloves in the room, so I decided when life gives you yellow robes….you “bling” them up!  I drew colorful flowers and pictures on them every day.  I started playing upbeat Christian music in his room.  I started asking how the nurses, doctors and technicians days and lives were going. I learned so much about the people that were “saving” my husbands and my family’s life.  They started to become my Mayo ICU family all while my husband slept.  Our ICU room became “the place!”  Some of the hospital staff would just stop by to be lifted up with positive music and laugh at my crazy yellow robes.  Little did I know, someone was actually thinking about me? 

When I received a gift card in the mail from The Sussy Project, I was shocked and had to find out what it was all about.  What an awesome outreach program to show appreciation and caring for one another.  It sure gave me have a happy heart and bring me tears of joy.  In today’s world of the unknown, it is awesome to know we still have people who truly care for each other.  Thank you, Sussy Project for making your program available for people to love on each other.  Most of all, thank you God for allowing me to be Angela’s Mom!

– Ann Millwood

It looks like we have a new fan of The Sussy Project and we are so grateful to know Ann and Angela. If you want to nominate someone you love, please complete this form! We’ll respond right away to your request.

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