Thursday, February 24, 2011

Your Voice Matters - Come Show Your Support

Hi everyone.  Ellie here.

It's hard to believe, but we're coming up on Crying Out Now's one year anniversary.

We're so grateful to all of you - the strong, brave, honest women who post their truths, the comments of support and encouragement and those of you who help spread the word through your sidebars, facebook pages and tweets.  Thank you to each and every one of your support.   

For Crying Out Now's one year anniversary I'm cooking up a video honoring the power of bringing our hearts and voices together to help each other heal.  

If you would like to participate, please email me a photo of you holding a sign that says "My Voice Matters".  

If you are concerned about anonymity, you don't have to show your face; you could write it on your arm and take a photo, or hold the sign up so only your eyes are showing, or write the message on a post-it note stuck to something meaningful.    Be creative!     Here's my photo:

I really hope I get enough photos to create the video - anyone who reads, posts, comments or helps to spread the word about Crying Out Now can participate.   Even if you've never commented but you read along, please submit a photo.   You don't have to be sober.   You don't have to be in recovery.   All you have to know is that Your Voice MATTERS.

Please send photo submission to me at     And please, PLEASE help me spread the word about this. 

Photos submissions are due by MARCH 2nd.   Sorry for the short notice.  Procrastination is one of those character defects of mine that is slow to improve....

I want to thank the lovely Maggie of Violence Unsilenced for the idea for a one year anniversary video.   If you've never checked out VU, please do.   Amazing, courageous women are using their voices to change to world over there, too.     And go see her Two Year Anniversary video - for ideas, for inspiration, for hope.

Thank you - from the bottom of our hearts - for all your support, courage and truth.    Together we are breaking down the stigma, darkness and denial that surrounds addiction.

Together, we can do anything.


  1. I want to! I'll send a photo in the next day or two.

  2. I'll be sending a picture to show my support.

  3. How lovely, Ellie. I would love to participate. I'll try to get my 5 year old or my husband to take a picture in the next day or so. I'll be sure to spread the word as well. Thanks to you, Robin, and Val for giving us a voice with this wonderful blog. My recovery shines that much brighter because of it.

  4. Great idea!! I'll have to "pretty up" and send one along.

  5. Great idea. :) I will send one in the next day or two.

    (Also, Ellie, you look freaking *beautiful* in that photo!)

  6. I will definitely participate.

  7. need to comb my hair but then I'll do it!

  8. Celebrating with you--all of you.

  9. The songs maggie used on the VU videos are forever etched in my mind. Can't wait to see yours.

  10. I found this website earlier today and I am floored by the honesty I have read. Wow and thank you from another alcoholic in recovery.

  11. I cannot wait to send you my photo! Thank you!