… at almost the last minute, I booked my flight for Type A Mom and the Bloganthropy awards last weekend. I wasn’t going to go to this blogging conference (now actually called Type A Parent and nicknamed #TypeACon on Twitter), since it was two flights away and my arm swells when I fly (due to my lymphedema – you can read about it on the tab above if you’re curious), but I was encouraged to go and I’m overall very glad that I did.
After I finished the panel at the Low Cost Planetary Missions 9 Conference, I had dinner with my husband and kids and headed to the airport. Two short flights (well, ok, the second was anything BUT short! 2.5 hours gate-to-gate from Charlotte to Asheville!) later and I was on the ground in Asheville, walking out into the cool night air to find … nothing.
I had connected with another blogger on the plane, thanks to Twitter and a long on-runway delay, and we quickly called a taxi to take us to the conference hotel. Now you’d think this would be the boring part of the story, but then again, you’ve probably never been in an SUV taxi with black light, dance music, and a disco ball — but only two working seatbelts and curvy mountain roads.
I arrived at the conference and bunked in with roomies C.Mom and TechSavvyMama, only to oversleep justalittlebit the next morning, arriving in time to hear Patti Digh, an inspiring speaker whose life changed when her father found out he just had 37 days to live. Her session was followed by several others, but the highlight of the day for me was table-hopping to hug the necks of friends far and near who I love but don’t get to see nearly often enough! I had such a great time with TechSavvyMama Leticia, C.Mom Elena, TeachMama Amy, Jessica/Kikarose, Justice Fergie, BetterinBulk Lolli, Modern Mami Melanie, a new friend from the Marble Jar, and so many others.
There are pictures — somewhere. I’ll pull them together if I can — I was unfortunately cameraless. But this is one that I need to show you, because …
On Friday night, I was given the Bloganthropy Award, an award which “recognizes women bloggers who have made a difference by using social media effectively to support a good cause.” I’d say we’ve done that here, right? Thanks to all of you for all your work spreading the news about inflammatory breast cancer, the breast cancer that kills without a lump, about lymphedema and the new program that provides FREE lymphedema sleeves to breast cancer survivors who can’t afford them, and for joining — and writing about — the Avon/Love Army of Women — we have made a difference.
A real difference.
And last Friday night, we won an award.
I accepted it happily, hugging Katherine Stone from Postpartum Progress, presenter and 2010 winner, and Debbie Bookstaber, Bloganthropy Co-Founder.
There was a giant check, which they tried to FedEx me afterwards (I’m happy with the real, small, spendable one, thank you!).
There was laughter and cheering, and then, when I got to speak about my cause for a moment, there were tears.
Because I accepted this award not just for myself, but for all of your work too, and in honor of the 20-or-so writers at Mothers With Cancer, the blog that opens the curtains that hide cancer patients and their joys, their struggles, their fears, and their families, letting their light and their love and their lives shine through, even after we are gone.
This was a big moment for me. Thanks for sharing it with me that Friday, Type A Mom, and for sharing it here with me today on the blog.
You have made a difference.
I am so happy to have heard you speak, see your giant check, and connect with you. You have a new friend and follower!
Congratulations on this well-deserved honor!
Oh Susan… I cried when you accepted the award and I’m crying again. It was an absolute pleasure to meet you at Type A Con and I hope we get to meet again. Many prayers for your health, your family and all that you do.
Congratulations! What a beautiful post. So glad you went to the conference and had a great time.
Congrats!! And thanks for all you do for you and for us!
I am so happy that you were able to go and that we got the chance to be giggly roomies. And you my dear friend, are so deserving of the award….between Patti Digh and the recognition of your efforts, it was truly an emotional day!
I loved that I could be there, tears in my eyes, as you were honored for you endless work and it was so fun to be your roommate!
Congratulations! It’s wonderful to see that you’ve been recognized for all of the good work you continue to do through this site and it is good work. Very, very good.
A well-deserved honor!
Congratulations, Susan. I am so glad that you won and I am so glad that you were able to be there in person to accept the award. You deserve it so much!
Congrats!! 🙂 What lovely news.
congratulations! so glad for you.
Yay! I was thinking about you the other day, Susan, and how you do all this *stuff* with such energy and passion. You’re one cool chick…
I love this! Wonderful wonderful!
Perfection! This line you’ve created, this amazing, living breathing connection between lives, information, dreams and voices has touched and changed so many of us. So fitting!
Again, you make me repeat myself…YOU ARE AMAZING!!!
How wonderful for you!!! I can’t believe I am just now realizing that you won…I was rooting for you, as always…(and then got submerged in work with little bloggy time!)
A nice memory for you to hold on to tonight, on a rough night.