If I were to write a book based on my life so far, it would be called Finding Wally and Other Misadventures Along the Way.
In 2014 my mom and I traveled across the country to Virginia for my first surgery, and what was supposed to be a two week stay, turned into six weeks of struggles punctuated by hilarious misadventures. Along with rare genetic diseases, my mother passed on her lack of direction to me. During our time in Virginia and DC we joked about being the “Wandering Jews of Georgetown.” Once, while we were particularly lost, my mother decided to make a game out of what could have been a miserable situation by suggesting we look for Wally. I corrected her thinking she meant to say Waldo, but she was adamant she meant Wally. Everyone is looking for Waldo, but no one is looking for poor Wally and what was originally a silly antic has now turned into a metaphor for life.
There have been a great number of tears on this journey, but there have been an equal amount of laughs, and probably too many morbid jokes. I've found my "Wally", or my message in the mess. I am determinedto make the most positive impact possible with my time here and a big part of that is Sick Chicks.
Two years ago I put on a leather jacket, added some war paint (red lipstick), strapped on my combat boots, and created a sisterhood of the most badass babes around - I haven't looked back since. I'm beyond proud of what this international community has already accomplished in just these past two years. And while I may have started Sick Chicks, it is not mine. Sick Chicks belongs to every young woman who is chronically ill, terminally ill, disabled, and/or mentally ill; it is your movement, it is comprised of your voices, it is your safe space. I promise, that will never change.
So, we are doing this giveaway to celebrate YOU! There will be one first place and one second place winner. The first place winner will receive a Where's Wally t-shirt, two pins from Radical Buttons, a goody bag with a "Sick Love Note", and a bracelet from Watercolor Me Impressed's Christina Doherty. The second will receive two pins from Radical Buttons and a bracelet from Watercolor Me Impressed's Christina Doherty.
To enter you must make a post on social media answering one or more of the following Questions: 1) How are you searching for Wally - what are you doing to find your message in the mess? 2) What does Sick Chicks mean to you? 3) How has the Sick Chicks Sisterhood impacted you? The amount of likes/comments your post receives will be taken into account, but an anonymous judging panel will make the final decision. All giveaway entries must be posted by July 31st. To be considered you must tag your post with #sickchicks and #happybirthday along with tagging Sick Chicks' social media (Instagram @sickchickssisters, Twitter @thesickchicks, Facebook @thesickchicks).
Not going to lie, I'm on a major girl power trip, but I don't ever plan on coming down, so here's to many more years of hell raising sisterhood to come.
I can't wait to see your entries!