Spoonie in Dire Straits! Blog & Tweet about It! Send $1! Get an Audio Class with Proceeds to Help!

By: Loolwa Khazzoom, Founder, Dancing with Pain

September 24th, 2011 • Living with Chronic PainPrint Print

9/28 update: Blair now has a mailbox and PayPal account! Find out the latest details about how you can help, at http://helpingblair.blogspot.com/ . Thanks to efficient Twitter goddess @kissthedog for her awesome work supporting Blair!

I just found out that a fellow Spoonie (someone living with chronic illness) has been booted out of her home and abandoned by her family, which ended up with her living in a car on a street. Now she’s in a hospital, because she’s gotten even sicker. Her life is in danger, and she needs our help desperately. If you are following my blog, chances are that you are living with a lot of stress and financial difficulties yourself. But chances are that you also have at least $1 to spare, or that you can write a blog post or tweet to spread the word and get help from people with more resources. There IS something you can do. Rise up to the occasion, just as you’d wish others would rise up for you.

If you are following my blog, you also know that I came damn near close to being homeless this past year, myself. It’s amazing how an injury or illness can completely unravel our lives overnight and leave us horribly vulnerable. I have experienced the sheer terror that comes along with having no financial safety net and limited resources and a severely compromised ability to function. So I want to do what I can to help this fellow Spoonie, whose Twitter handle is @blairnboca. And I ask you to join me. Here’s what I’m going to do, and what I’m asking you to do:

1. She needs a physical address to set up a PayPal account. I commit to getting her a mailbox in her hometown, if they will accept payment by phone. If not, I’d like someone in Boca Raton, FL to get her the PO Box, and I will send the money to comp that person.

2. She needs money. So through the first week of October, I will share with Blair 50% of all sales of my audio class CD. It’s a win-win all around: You get to learn how to dance to heal your pain; I get support for my spreading this work to those who are suffering; and Blair gets the help she needs to get out of her car and get a damn roof over her head.

Also, a friend of hers will set up the PayPal account once I get the mailbox. Check back on my blog, or follow me on Twitter, to find out how you can send $1 or $5 or whatever you can spare. Seriously, every bit helps. Not only does it help with expenses, but it boosts morale and keeps one’s head up to know there are people who care enough to help, even if only a little. I know first hand.

3. We need to get the word out that Blair needs help. Blog about her situation, or cut and past my blog onto yours, if you don’t have the energy to write a new post. Tweet about it. Post on Facebook. Retweet (RT) posts on my Twitter account, which you can follow @dancingwithpain.com .

4. Send messages of love and support and encouragement to Blair on her Twitter account – @blairnboca.

Too many of us struggle alone. It doesn’t have to be that way. Social media connects us and empowers us to help each other. Let’s all tap into our hearts and spread the love. If only in the name of R’shana, the Jewish New Year, where we are taught to look deep within ourselves and ask how we can be better people, and how we can make the world a better place. Here’s an opportunity to start the year off right.

On that note, if you are involved in a religious organization – Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, Pagan, whatever, please spread the word. Religious communities are ass-kicking organized and a great source of support when mobilized.

With love, peace, and blessings that we all may thrive, my hand in yours, your hand in someone else’s, all of us, together, never ever turning away from those in need, spreading a sense of dignity and well-being among us all. Tizkoo leshanim raboth unemoth, may we all merit numerous and joyful years.



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