My sister, Tina Mote, will be running in the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon in Chicago, Illinois on Sunday, October 7, 2018.
For this marathon, Tina decided to raise money for something that is close and dear to her heart – The Arthritis Foundation. Unfortunately myself and another close friend have rheumatoid arthritis. Tina decided to run the marathon in our honor in support of raising money for a great cause. In fact, below is a note of why she picked the Arthritis Foundation:
“Both my sister and my close friend have rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and through them I have become passionate about wanting to do something to contribute towards a cure or better ways to treat RA. In addition, I’d like to bring awareness to RA and the herculean effort people afflicted with RA have to go through on a daily basis.
I’ve seen both my sister and my friend deal with flare-ups and with medicine side effects and I’ve seen them be immune compromised. My friend, who is only in her early 30s, is currently having to fight through some really tough side effects of Rituxan (a chemo treatment for RA); she’s undergoing this treatment because other medicines have not been effective for controlling her RA. The side effects at times have been life threatening.”
The following passage is from my friend’s blog. It speaks volumes to what she has to endure.
“Had a good learning experience today, for the first time something was blamed on me because of my ‘being sick.’ I realized that when someone can use the smallest thing against you (and being sick is no small thing) then you have entered into a world where you feel like you have to be ‘Great,’ ‘Doing good’ all time because if you don’t….someone will say ‘blank didn’t happen because YOU were ‘sick’.’
I’ll say I expect better, the world needs to understand the world of those people who are chronically ill! Why should we have to live a lie? Why should we push ourselves so hard to earn an Oscar every day for our performance? Why can’t we be honest about how we feel? Why?
….because that will be the weapon someone will use against us. And so we can’t, so instead we lie, we push ourselves, we never show the tears of pain and fatigue…..instead we make ourselves smile, laugh, and act like we are normal….because if we didn’t someone will say ‘because you are sick’.
This is where we need your help. I’ve never asked for much here at the Hotel Thompson but if you have anything to give, we would so appreciate anything that you could donate towards my sisters marathon. Her goal is to raise $2,000.00 and every little penny counts. If you would like to donate, please go donate here. This should be the page link for Tina Mote for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Let her know that Bacon sent you.
Remember, every little penny counts so we appreciate anything you can donate.
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Hey – Let’s play a game. Oh no – don’t look afraid. This is a fun game. I’m sure you will just love it. Really – you can come closer to read this bloggy – I won’t bite… maybe just nibble – snorts. My game is called Truth or Lies. I’m going to tell you three statements. You have to figure out which one is the truth – two are lies. Are you ready? This time, I’ll keep it pretty easy for you.
Mommy used to be a phone operator. Now stop it. Not *that* kind of phone operator. People said that she had a great voice – sexy with a twinge of southern charm.
Daddy once ran a marathon in downtown Atlanta, Georgia for the 4th of July – the Peachtree Road Race.
Mommy’s favorite meal is pork – squeals and hides.
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Today, we have a really special tribute. Today is Friday the 13th – cue scary music! Do you know that there is only ONE Friday the 13th in the entire 2014 calendar year? That makes this day extra spooky and scary.
Do you have a fear of this day? Are you superstitious? Here in the United States it is thought that bad luck falls upon you on Friday the 13th. But did you know that in Spanish speaking countries, Tuesday the 13th is a superstitious day for them and considered bad luck.
Many hotels and tall buildings even skip the 13th floor… just in case of bad luck. It’s also bad luck to have a party with 13 people… have you read Agatha Christie’s book Thirteen at Dinner?
Did you know that fear of the number 13 is called triskaidekaphobia while fear of Friday the 13th is known as paraskavedekatriaphobia.
Did you know that President Franklin D. Roosevelt suffered from triskaidekaphobia? He wouldn’t travel on the 13th day of any month and don’t even think about having a party with 13 guests.
Some people even think that Friday the 13th goes back to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Supposedly they think that Eve offered Adam the forbidden fruit on a Friday and they were then cast out of Paradise.
And think about the movie marathon we are going to have tonight here at the Hotel Thompson. Not listed in any particular order but you know we are going to be watching some gory horror flicks to include: Nightmare on Elm Street, Paranormal Activity, Saw, Psycho, The Shining , It and of course Friday the 13th.
I’m off now. I’ve got to go cross my hooves. Avoid some black cats. Not look at the moon through a pane of glass and throw some salt over each shoulder. Be careful my friends 🙂
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Today is the perfect day. There is a Ghost Hunters marathon on the SyFy channel all day today. Aaww – that is piggy heaven. Watching our favorite show snuggled on the couch with mommy… Okay there might be a little shaking going on. Some of those ghosts can be frightening! But I’m not scared as long as I have my mommy.
I think there will be some popcorn involved in this little marathon later in the day. Have you seen this show? I just love Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson. ❤
They even have a Barky thing on the show called Mattie that helps. I think I could help too. They could call me the paranormal piggy!
Did I mention that it’s not raining for a change. There’s no wind. And the weather is perfect – not too cold and not too hot.
What are your plans this fine Sunday??
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