Hi friends! I (Layla) wanted to give you a very belated update, let you know what’s going on with Operation Layla, and spread the word about another wonderful blog.
First of all, I want to say thank you, THANK YOU!, to each and every person that worked on Operation Layla, spread the word, donated, baked, bid, blogged, prayed, sent good thoughts, emailed me, sent care packages, brightened my day, g-chatted with me when I was recovering, and helped me accomplish this very important thing. You are all amazing. Honestly, I can’t put my appreciation and gratitude into proper words, nothing feels appropriate. Just know, please know, that I am eternally thankful for what you did.
I hope some of you are still around, because we want to do great things with this blog. As the header states, Operation Layla is about bloggers banding together for a cause. My cause, although not over, was taken up by my amazing friends and the wonderful strangers (many of whom have now become friends) that made Operation Layla such a success. It proved that the blogging community is a REAL community, full of generous, kindhearted people. It proved that we can make a difference in someone’s life. We want to continue to make a difference.
As the last update states, I did have my surgery, and then had some complications. Two months after my initial surgery, I had to have a second one. Two days after that, I was taken by ambulance to the hospital where I stayed for three days. My last surgery was almost four weeks ago, and I’m over the moon to announce that physically, I feel great. My energy is a little low, but my pain is GONE. For the first time in….I don’t even know how long. Surprisingly, my insurance company said they would cover the cost of the second surgery, but I haven’t gotten any bills for it yet, so I’m not sure what will happen. Regardless, I am pain free, thanks to all of you.
As I said, we (the people that started Operation Layla and myself) would love to keep this blog going as a way to help fellow bloggers in need, specifically, bloggers that are struggling with financial problems and are in need of medical procedures that are not covered by insurance. The kinks and details about how we will do this are still being worked out, but we hope that you’ll help us spread the word about how amazing this community of bloggers really is, and how we are using Operation Layla to help other bloggers that are dealing with insurance issues.
In that vein, I wanted to let you know about an online auction that will be taking place in 14 days (to take place on June 24th and 25th) on Go Team Witt! Kristin and Cameron Call are a lovely couple that, upon receiving enough funds to receive treatment for their fertility treatment before an auction to raise the funds could even go live (The power of community! I literally cried when I read that, because it just confirmed that Operation Layla wasn’t a fluke, and that people really are generous and willing to help others!), decided to help another couple that was dealing with the same thing. The auction that will take place in two weeks is to raise funds for fertility treatment for another lovely couple, Allen and Jill Witt. You can learn more about Allen and Jill on Jill’s blog, My Journey to Fertility. The goal is to raise $5,000 to help with the cost of the very expensive fertility treatments. If you have dealt with infertility, or know someone that has, you know that it’s not only a mental and emotional struggle, but a huge financial burden as well.
Can we help ease the burden for Allen and Jill?
There are some GREAT items up for auction, such as new arrival print posters from A Vintage Poster, a blog design makeover from Kristin herself, and a lifetime membership to Clickin Moms, just to name a few. BUT – the are seeking more donors! The auction is in two weeks, and they need more donors for the auction as soon as possible. If you run an Etsy shop, if you own a business, if you bake, if you would like to help, please contact the Go Team Witt! crew at GoTeamWitt(at) gmail (dot) com. You can also donate money directly on the Go Team Witt blog.
As always, if you are unable to donate – please do what you can – and spread the word!!!