Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Support EFM!

Why should you help Elizabeth McClung? If you follow her blog, you know that she is a good friend, a generous person, and way, way too self-deprecating to have accepted help before now. Her wife Linda can tell you what they need help with specifically. Linda has finally gotten a Paypal button working at her brand new blog, A Girl's Gotta Fly, because so many of us have begged to be able to help.

Let me tell you how Elizabeth came into my life. She's the one who took the initiative, browsing blogs during a night of insomnia. She found mine, and posted a comment about pain and dislocation. I'm a chronic insomniac so I responded right off, and then went to look at her blog. And I posted. And she responded! She responds to everyone! She's great that way! To Elizabeth, everyone is important, and everyday is a day to be grabbed and lived. And she is astonishingly honest about the reality of life with a rapidly progressive disability.

I said she was generous, didn't I? There's no need to take my word for it. When she and Linda went to Japan, they took all Beth's readers along, too. Tell me, if your health was steadily deteriorating and you had the chance to go on the vacation of a life time while you still had life, would you bring along a motley assortment of people you've never seen? But Beth did, posting wonderful photographs and in-depth coverage of her Big Adventure every single day, no matter how badly she was feeling at the end of a day of sightseeing. While there, she made a point of buying postcards to send to all of us who had asked for one, and she mailed them off steadily while she was still there! And since then, she has continued the fabulous Postcard Project. If you haven't gotten a personalized postcard from Elizabeth, it's only because it's either in the mail right now or you haven't asked.

Probably, if you are reading this, you are already a friend of Elizabeth, and I am telling you nothing new. But I wanted to post about her again anyway, and the advent of the Paypal donation button seems like as good an excuse as any.


D Phoenix said...

This is a really sweet post and an excellent summation of the amazing Elizabeth F'ing McClung. I'd encourage anyone who hasn't checked out her blog to do so and anyone who can chip in a bit at Paypal to do that as well. Elizabeth is a treasure.

Queen Slug said...

She is such an amazing person, I feel like I've known her forever. If someone reading this doesn't know who she is, please go read her blog & please donate if you can.

Lisa Moon said...

What a lovely post. I sure couldn't have said it better myself!