Wednesday, September 22, 2010

PYHO: Band Back Together

This week I'm letting my IRL friend Pour her Heart Out.  She has become a part of something I believe several of you can relate to & benefit from its support system.

Thank you Semi-Slacker, for inviting me to write a guest column for your fabulous blog!

Some of your readers already know me. Some don't. I'm Jana and I've been a friend of Semi-Slacker's for years. My husband and I suffered an unimaginable loss a little over 7 years ago. Our first son, Charlie, died at only 24 days old from late-onset Group B Strep. He was perfectly happy and healthy until his 20th day of life. Over the next four days, he suffered strokes, sepsis and meningitis and on Saturday, June 14, 2003, our gorgeous little guy became an angel in our arms. This day would shape the rest of our days.

Since that time, I have jumped around from thing to thing trying to find my place. I've been an active board member at the Ronald McDonald House of Central Georgia, The Children's Hospital at the Medical Center of Central GA; I've talked to families who have lost babies and older children. I've been there for people suffering losses of any kind. I am, by nature, a very caring and nurturing soul. I want to help everybody but have never found the "right place."

Until I met Aunt Becky.

Becky, aka Mommy Wants Vodka, was starting this great site called Band Back Together. I offered my story and a few posts and have now found myself right at home as an editor of this group site. It may be the proudest I've been in a really really long time. And I feel like Charlie is sitting on my shoulder supporting what I'm doing.

Band Back Together is a group blog where ANYone can contribute their story of heartache, frustration and even victory. In the week since its launch, we have had over 130 submissions posted. People are LOVING it! We have stories about abuse, adoption, divorce, miscarriage, child loss, chronic illness, addictions, lyme disease, birth defects, military deployments... the list goes on and on. You'll have to register with a Wordpress account but can be as anonymous as you wish. The site is completely moderated by the editors so troll commenters are not tolerated. We are there to support, not to be knocked down.

We invite you to come on over, pull up a chair, grab a drink, put on your leather party pants, turn the music up and help us get the Band Back Together! We have to all support each other and work as a team to slay our dragons.

You can visit Band Back Together three ways:



highheeledlife said...

Wonderful Post! I had the privilege of checking out Band Back Together's website earlier this week (Thank you SSM)... it is a wonderful support and resource for anyone going through a detour in life's journey.

I know I will be submitting my story in hopes that others may find some hope and comfort that they are not going crazy nor are they alone. And they will make it!!!

I know what you mean about trying to find your place ... for almost 4 years I have been lost ... I can no longer return to a career that I loved and in all honesty defined who I was (if only to me)... But with blogging and the love and support of such wonderful people as SSM ~ seeing that I can help others by sharing my story - has encouraged me to keep talking.. writing.. clicking away on the key board. I'm currently working on writing my first book.

To all visit Band Back Together!!!


jana0926 said...

Thanks, SSM!
Love you bunches!! We appreciate the support :)

Shell said...

I've read some of the stories over there and they are amazing. Some heartbreaking and some inspiring. It's an amazing thing that they have put together.

Amanda said...

That is absolutely awesome!! I can't wait to head over there and read some of the stories ~ and submit mine of losing my daughter as well.

Losing a child no matter what stage in life they are in is the most excruciating pain EVER. I'm so sorry that you had to go through this.

Your sweet Charlie is definitely sitting right there on your shoulder <3

Babes Mami said...

Sounds amamzing! What a great thing.

Heather said...

What a great idea to help people. Kudos!

Sandra said...

What a wonderful thing to do. Thank you for sharing this. xoxo

Sandra said...

Sounds terrific and terribly inspirational, I will be dropping by.

Lourie said...

This is a wonderful place for people to love and support one another.

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