AUTHOR: Marty, a.k.a. canape TITLE: TWM Update DATE: 8/22/2007 03:05:00 PM ----- BODY:
Just a little update about Team Whymommy.

It has sort of taken on it's own life. With Whymommy's post on IBC popping up on blogs, in emails, and on message boards over 250 times that we have been able to count, the word is definitely getting out. Thank you for that.

I moved the list into it's own page because my blog was taking 879 years to load. You can still get to it by clicking right underneath the Team Whymommy button. If you aren't on the list and think you should be, there could be a few different explanations.

First, it could be I screwed up and just haven't added you yet. Please feel free to send me another email with your link and a gentle reminder that I suck and need to add you.

Second, it could be that you just left me a comment and have no Blogger identification. If I can't track you through your comment (if you aren't clickable or have "no-reply" set as your email preference), then I can't add you. Because I don't know where you are. Please feel free to send me an email with your link and I will add you.

Third, it could be that I went to your blog and didn't see a button. It doesn't have to be the original button even. Some people have tweaked it, added a pretty ribbon, changed the font, and that's a-ok with me. But it needs to be on your sidebar, always linking back to Toddler Planet or the Team Whymommy post. If it's just in a post, then it disappears and people won't see it after awhile. We want for it to stay on the front page all the time so that your visitors see and go, "Oh, what's this? Team Whymommy? I simply must click on this lovely button and find out more!" So please feel free to send me an email with your link if you move the button to your sidebar and want to be added.

After you link and post, you might wonder what else you can do. I do. I wonder all the time. So I keep forwarding the post. I keep talking about it. I wear my Team Whymommy shirt so that people will ask me about it.

And, I took the information to my OBGYN's office. Had a lovely little talk with the doctor about how important I thought it was for them to remember that IBC is out there. Then I gave her a sticky note pad with the address for Toddler Planet and asked her to have all the staff take a look at Whymommy's blog, which is a powerful and personal tool for IBC patients and their caregivers. She seemed genuinely surprised that I knew a 34 year old mother with IBC. And her surprise let me know that I had done the right thing.

The team was started to support Whymommy. Whymommy wants to get the word out. So that is what we are called to do. Help her get the word out.

If you have a story about an encounter you have had telling someone about IBC, please leave it in the comments or a link to it in the comments. I would love to know about it.

And by the way,

Because Izzy said to, and I think it's a nice thing to do. So go ahead, tell us who you've told about IBC and give yourself a little linky love at the same time.

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----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Mamma DATE:Wednesday, August 22, 2007 at 4:01:00 PM EDT Look at you educating your OB!!

Girl you rock in so many ways!!! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous slouchy DATE:Wednesday, August 22, 2007 at 4:10:00 PM EDT I love the thought of the staff at OB-GYN practices around the world reading her blog. What a great idea! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Ally DATE:Wednesday, August 22, 2007 at 8:19:00 PM EDT Aha! I love the idea of taking this info to my doc. Great ideas. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Maddie DATE:Wednesday, August 22, 2007 at 10:46:00 PM EDT I posted the same article that Lawyermama had - just in case you're still wanting to keep track.

I posted the Team Why Mommy logo in the post, but if you happen to have the HTML for the button so I could place it on my sidebar? I'd be grateful.

I hope the word keeps on spreading. I also forwarded the link to my girlfriend (an OB who delivered my son)... ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Megan/ Velveteen Mind DATE:Wednesday, August 22, 2007 at 11:19:00 PM EDT My post is finally up, along with the button, after waiting for the "perfect" opportunity for too long. This was an important one for me.

I have an OB appt next week and never thought to bring this up. I absolutely will now. Thank you again. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Jenn DATE:Thursday, August 23, 2007 at 7:40:00 AM EDT I hope it makes your page load faster; crashed me last night.

And you're like the best friend, ever.

Also, I wear my WhyMommy shirt all of the time, too, and get lots of questions about it.

Those were a great idea. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Perugini DATE:Thursday, August 23, 2007 at 9:23:00 AM EDT God bless you, chica,

xoxo ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous FENICLE DATE:Thursday, August 23, 2007 at 11:16:00 AM EDT Excellent job!! You probably just saved several women's lives by passing the info on to you OB/GYN!! I'll do the same at my annual appt in Oct. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Kathy's Surprise Party DATE:Thursday, August 23, 2007 at 10:34:00 PM EDT I got a random email from someone yesterday. Someone who doesn't read my blog. Someone who said - read this it's about this thing called IBC. I was floored. Go Team WhyMommy! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Whymommy DATE:Thursday, August 23, 2007 at 11:38:00 PM EDT That. Is. Awesome.

Thank you -- and keep 'em coming! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Bitsy Parker DATE:Friday, August 24, 2007 at 10:10:00 AM EDT Value wIT has a TWM link and post, but I don't think I'm on your list (

Hey, did you add flowers to your Don't Take The Repeats banner? Looks great. ----- --------