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I’m being published!

on December 1, 2011

“For the Sake of My Son: Communicating in a Medical Crisis”

As many of you know, I have been a member of Toastmasters for many years.  It is my fun; my therapy; and my challenge… and I love it!  Since Henry was born, many of my speeches have been about him and our experiences… both the joy and the heartache.  So last spring when I did a speech focused on what I have learned in advocating for Henry’s care, one of our senior club members encouraged me to “take it on the road”.   He encouraged me to transform the speech into an article and try to get it published.  I wasn’t at a place in my life then to seriously consider his advice, but I also didn’t forget it.

A couple of months later, during one of my many sleepless nights at the time, I pulled out the computer and started writing.  I thought… why not?  It can’t hurt to try. I figured that since the speech was for my Toastmasters group, then I would rework it and submit it to the Toastmasters magazine.  And guess what… they accepted it for publishing!

Toastmasters International publishes a monthly magazine, the Toastmaster, that every Toastmasters member receives – it is a fabulous member benefit.  The organization is in 113 countries worldwide, with over 260,000 members currently – that’s over 260,000 people reading my article!  WOW!

The article is in the current December 2011 issue, right at the beginning on page 5!  It is a full-page article and a… it contains a link to this blog!

This time it’s… yippee for me!

Cheers, Shelley


3 responses to “I’m being published!

  1. Hi shelly,
    Great article, I hope that you add a link fromyour blog when its available ( or just paste it into your blog?) I wanted to share on my Facebook page but can’t find it online, yet. Good job showing how toastmasters helps a mom navigate and communicate when given a medical crisis but you sure made me want to scream when you described the nurse taking your baby away during breastfeeding!!

    • henrysmama says:

      Hi Barbara,
      Thanks for the feedback! The article can be found on the Toastmasters website and in the monthly magazine, but the current edition is accessible only to Toastmaster members. Archived editions are accessible to non-members. Here is a link to the digital edition of the magazine: http://www.toastmasters.org/magazine.aspx. I believe the December edition will be available to non-members in January.

      I checked out your website and I love all the activities you have listed. I especially appreciated the reliance on “recycled” materials for a lot of the projects. Great suggestions!

      Cheers, Shelley

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