As most are probably aware, our story has had some media exposure. Maggie and I did a simple little interview at my Grandma's house last week. Little did we know how broadly that would spread. TOP STORY and nearly 4 minutes of air time on the Eastern Iowa news station. I think they did a fabulous job with the piece. Her it is: KWWL news segment
It made sense when I my cousin told me she saw Maggie on the news in Des Moines, but I was a little shocked when a friend in Orlando told me she had just seen Maggie on the TV there. Since the initial airing and printing of Maggie on the front page of the Courier, there have been Maggie sightings in the following places: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Massachusetts, Florida, California, Colorado that I know of for sure. How cool is that?! As one friend pointed out...google "Maggie Selmeski". She's swept the nation!
As the news has moved a little further down the line, I've noticed a few more things have become a little skewed as well. Kinda like the game of telephone. I want to take a minute to clarify, just to not be misleading in anything.
1) Maggie is not from Janesville. She is actually not from Iowa. Shawn and I have been in Tennessee the last couple of years. That is where we are actually moving from. Daddy is still there finishing some projects up and will be meeting us in Colorado next week. Maggie and I are visiting all our family and friends, as all of Mommy's roots are in Iowa. Until laws change we won't be able to come back, so we are getting all our loving in while we still can.
When Shawn and I moved to TN, one of the stipulations was that I could jump in the car to come back to Iowa whenever I wanted. We have taken full advantage of that! I realized that in Maggie's year and a half, she has been back to the Midwest to visit family at least 6 times. That will come to a screeching halt next week. Thus, my motivation to advocate not only in TN, but also IA!
2) I did the interview at my grandma's house, Maggie's great grandparents, not my mom's (she's in MO). We are actually staying with my sister while visiting too. Oh well!!
3) Most articles said she failed 4 meds, which she has actually been on 6 meds plus the IV boluses. She was on 4 meds at the same time!
At least the important stuff was accurate. Maggie needs this new treatment option and we want laws to change!!!
In other news, I was able to speak with Senator Grassley on the phone. He is so good about listening to his constituents. I was glad that he took the time to listen and even become more educated on the issue of medical marijuana, as he has been a big opponent of the legalization of it. Maybe, if nothing else, our story planted a seed. And, he is open to us keeping him updated on Maggie's progress! Overall, I consider it positive that I had his ear for a bit. Just wish he could have met Maggie.
We have had a great time in Iowa. The treasured time spent with friends and family is awesome! I also got to share our story with a group of about 50 women at a Bible study last week. As I was telling Shawn, it is SO exciting to be able to be used as God's vessel and hear back about how our story is influencing others. I feel so honored that God is using us and our story, or more so, HIS story.
We've loved staying with my sister and nieces and running all around with them. We've seen my grandma's lots. We were able to get to Iowa City and visit all our friends down there. It's funny because it's basically a tour of my past: One day last week, we were on UNI campus, where Momma went to college, and had lunch with Aunt Nikki, went to Chuck E. Cheese's, where Momma worked in high school and college, hung out at Heritage Christian school where Momma taught Pre-K, and swung by the childcare center Momma piloted opening up.
This morning when Maggie and I were getting ready to leave, Ava, my niece asked where we were going. When I told her we were going to meet up with friends, her response was, "why do you you keep doing that?"
Pictures will be posted sometime soon!!