Thursday, February 21, 2019
In the midst of what continues to be a very challenging time for my advocacy work (due to the attacks and legal battle that have now dragged on for nearly three years) I wanted to take a moment to express my sincerest gratitude to those who have stuck by me and supported my advocacy work (and helped keep my family afloat) during these massively challenging times.
My husband is constantly frustrated that our personal story has been one of severe hardship and incessant requests for assistance over the past three years, however I know most of you understand (especially if you have been following from the beginning) that this hardship is inextricably linked to the challenge I have (“courageously” [?] or “foolishly” [?], depending on your perspective) chosen to accept as my work in this world [discovering and disseminating the truth about the full risks associated with human exposure to the highly neurotoxic Lead in our built environment].
That said, we are so incredibly happy to share with you that the potential chaos of this day – February 21, 2019 – the day our home was scheduled to be sold in a foreclosure auction – has been turned into a day, that instead, we can choose to gratefully celebrate that, amidst our long “season of struggle”, we have had the good fortune of being able to draw on the strength of our family, friends and community, and preserve a measure of focus to effectively emerge stronger and more committed to this mission than ever!
Thanks to the support of so many of you, we were able to raise and borrow enough to save our home. Last week, on Valentine’s Day we got the confirmation letter from our mortgage company that the foreclosure sale was cancelled and our mortgage has been reinstated. We are so grateful to have had the amazing support of you, this community to help make this happen.
The good news does not stop there! For me, the most exciting thing I figured out the other day (by reviewing the Google Analytics for my blog) is that:
• more than 216,000 unique individuals
• in 160+ countries
• were responsible for more than 540,000 unique page views on my blog
• in the past three months!
I find that nothing short of incredible. [Link with more info – and a list of all of the countries where people read my blog! – here.]
On the flip side, while February 19, 2019 [this past Tuesday] could – should – have been the day our legal battle resolved for good – instead, due to actions by public agencies with the State of Oregon, our legal battle unbelievably continues – and even with generous fee reductions and some pro-bono assistance from some members of my legal team, I will continue to need your support to get through this final stretch. Our next hearing da is scheduled for May 14, 2019 and I will be sharing more about that with you shortly. For those who are new to my mailing list and would like to know more of the background of the story, click here.
The best way you can support my work in this “home stretch” would be to hire me. Hire me for a home consultation or an outreach event or a speaking engagement in your community. Here’s a link with details about the public Lead poisoning prevention events I do (usually hosted and sponsored by health departments, universities, hospitals or corporate sponsors), and here’s a second link with more about my background as well as the rates for my events and speaking engagements.
Thank you again. I look forward to some day properly thanking each and every one of you personally (#IRL) too!