Ann Handley, one of my heroes, just blogged about something significant. To her. And to many others. A week or so after she visited a dermatologist, she "got a flimsy white postcard in the mail from the doctor’s office. On it were three pre-printed options with open boxes next to them, and one was checked off: 'Your biopsy showed a cancerous growth,' it read next to the check mark. 'Please call our office to schedule a follow-up appointment.' In ballpoint pen, underneath, someone had scrawled, 'Basal cell carcinoma.'" Do take time to read this post, and also the responses. Fascinating.
Fed up with watching humanitarian crises on the evening news and not doing anything to help, a group of bloggers (most notably, Leo Babauta of Zen Habits) have created and founded the non-profit Train for Humanity, which is an online humanitarian awareness and fundraising organization.
Over 150,000 new blogs are added to the internet everday. Train for Humanity’s mission is to utilize the web, social media, and blogging, in tandem with athletes in training, to support organizations that help prevent suffering and alleviate the pain of children, orphans, and refugees who have been displaced due to genocide or internal strife and war within their country.
Quite simply, they believe - getting fit + social media + blogging = social good
The three pilot project athlete-bloggers, Mark Hayward, Dan Clements, and Leo Babauta are hoping to raise awareness for the current crisis in Darfur and funds for the organization Darfur Peace and Development. All three are training for endurance events of varying distances ranging from a triathlon to a marathon.
They hope to show people that with a little creativity and innovation, anyone can assist and make a difference in the world. If you would like to learn more, have a look at the Train for Humanity website and please consider sponsoring one of them or spreading the word.
Great blog, and dandy recipe for making travel hand wipes.
Recently my daughter was diagnosed with Hashimoto's - a commonly hereditary form of hypothyroidism, so I asked my doctor to check my thyroid. He said, "Your thyroid feels fine, but to satisfy you, I will do a TSH level." He did. My level was 59. Normal is below 4.4. For the past five years, I have had constant irregularity, I am always unreasonably cold, my cholesterol has been creeping up even though I have been on a low-fat diet, and I have been unable to lose weight. Continue Reading