As I mentioned last week we have some changes to announce!
I am thrilled to announce two new members to the Crying Out Now team: Lisa and Michele. Click on the "Who We Are" tab above to learn more about them.
They are two incredible sober women who are compassionate, funny, kind, smart and creative and I'm so grateful they agreed to help me in running Crying Out Now.
As I mentioned in a recent post, CON is growing by leaps and bounds, and I couldn't be happier. However, with this growth comes added financial and time constraints that I can't handle all on my own. Up until last year two other amazing sober women were helping me manage this site, but I'm happy to report they have gone on to other endeavors (they are both doing well) and being the alcoholic that I am, I thought I could tackle managing CON on my own.
I realized recently how unfair that is to all the people who bravely submit their stories, because sometimes it takes me a while to get back to people. I have enormous respect for the courage it takes to his "send" after telling your truth, and I want to be sure people are answered in timely and compassionate manner by sober women who understand.
Lisa and Michele are volunteering their time to help out, and I'm so grateful. If you read this blog and it has helped you or a loved one, we are still looking for financial support in the form of contributions (or purchasing my new book Let Me Get This Straight). Please see the tab above for more information on ways to contribute so we can keep CON going, and hopefully even help it grow even more.
Michele and Lisa are those women, and more!
If you submit a post to CON, going forward you will either here back from Lisa, Michele or me. Confidentiality is the cornerstone to what we do here, so your email will NEVER be read by anybody but the three of us. We will respond with a thank you and the general time frame for putting up your submission (which can be up to three weeks).
I want everyone to know that if we receive a submission from someone on the brink - about to drink or in desperate need of help, we will bump that submission to the front of the line so they can here from this incredible community of supportive women as quickly as possible.
Also - please note on the right hand sidebar that Crying Out Now has been Nominated for a Best in Show award by WeGo Health. We are honored and thrilled; WeGo is a health activist community that supports and endorses many good causes. If you have a moment to check out their website, please do. And if you want to endorse CON, there is a place in the WeGo widget to do that (or click there and nominate another health care site).
Lastly, if you haven't checked out The Bubble Hour yet, we encourage you to do so. You'll see a tab at the top of this page with more info, but it's a weekly internet talk show with topics aimed at people who are wondering about their drinking, newly sober, struggling to stay sober, or who are sober and want to stay that way. Each episode has guests that share their stories and experiences - kind of like Crying Out Now in spoken word. We've done five episodes now, and you can go to the Bubble Hour's website to listen and click on a link to subscribe to the podcast, too.
Your support in all our endeavors means so much to us, but the thing that is the MOST important is your support of the brave women who post here. Thank you, everyone, for all your comments and compassionate words of empathy and advice. PLEASE comment - even anonymously - because I know from first-hand experience that it means so very much.
-Ellie, Michele and Lisa