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    Looking for the Right (or is it write) Name…

    Laura Bradford Icon

    If you’re wondering who the above chick is…it’s me. Minus the black gloves, evil medicine dropper, and dark sunglasses you’ve come to expect on Tuesdays here at the Good Girls Kill For Money Club.

    But it’s still me.

    Just more of the everyday me , if you will…

    The me that reads. The me that enjoys being outside. The me that likes to travel. The me that adores playing in the ocean’s waves. And the me that has Multiple Sclerosis.

    I threw that last little factoid in there, because it’s as much a part of my life now as the other four. And, even though I’m doing amazingly well (and plan to do everything in my power to keep it that way), it still stinks.

    Big time.

    Yet, from very early on in my diagnosis phase, I knew I wanted to make a difference where this disease was concerned. I didn’t know what or how, I just knew I did.

    Eighteen months later, I’m still not exactly sure what path my contribution will take…I just know I need to start the journey. And, with the help of a few friends, the first step on that path starts now.

    On April 13th, a handful of writers and friends will be participating in the Walk for M.S. in St. Peters, Missouri. Our goal is to raise awareness of this debilitating disease, as well as funds that will be used to:

    1) Help find a cure.


    2) Assist those who suffer its ill effects.

    Now, as wonderful as #1 sounds, the likelihood of there being a cure during my lifetime is slim to none. I know that and I accept it. But it’s the next generation (like my kids) that I’m worried about. It’s the people who have this disease now –who are forced to go untreated because of its astronomical pricetag–that I’m worried about. It’s the people who can’t afford the equipment they may need (a cane, a wheelchair, an air conditioner, etc.) that I’m worried about.

    To give you a frame of reference, one MRI (without the doc’s reading fee) cost over $3,000 last month. That’s just ONE test. That’s not the injections that cost upwards of 15 Grand per year. Or the quarterly visits to the neurologist… All things made easier if you have insurance. Unfortunately, as is often the case, a disease like this makes it tougher to get insurance.

    Everytime I go in for one of my drug study appointments, I hear about another person who is forced to stop treatment because they can’t afford the insurance anymore. A single mom barely making end’s meet…a man who can’t raise the money needed to get his therapy started…a woman who simply can’t afford the co-pays any longer…

    The list goes on and on. Encompassing more and more people. People like you and me.

    People like you and me.

    Two years ago, this stuff happened to other people. Sure, it tugged at my heart. Sure, it made me stop and think. But I never truly got it until I was on the receiving end of a life altering diagnosis and experienced–first hand–the ripple effect it sends throughout your entire life.

    But I believe things happen for a reason. And I can either sit back and let it destroy me (mentally) or I can kick its butt.

    I choose the latter.

    I will make a difference.

    Fortuantely for me, I have reinforcements. :mrgreen:

    On April 13th, I won’t be walking alone. I’ll be walking with a team. A team of writers who also happen to be friends. I’ll be joined by:

    Heather Webber heather webber 10.jpg

    Judy Merrill Larsen judymerrilllarsen.jpg

    Shelley Galloway shelleyshepardgray.gif

    and Melanie Lynne Hauser MLH-GoodReads.jpg

    We know that more voices reach more people. More feet walking raise more funds. More funds raised means more people helped.

    But we need your help, first.

    We need a name for our team–something that captures who we are and what we’re trying to do. We need you to slip on those thinking caps and put your most creative foot forward. The person who provides us with the perfect name for our team (as selected by the five of us) will receive a prize.

    What kind of prize, you ask?

    A copy of each of our most recent books and a $15 Starbucks giftcard.

    So, fire away lurkers and non-lurkers alike. Give us our perfect name. You have all week to post your ideas in the comment section as the winner will not be announced until next Tuesday.


    *The writers mentioned are those who have given a definitive yes for our April 13th date. Interested in joining us? Drop me an email. Being a writer (and/or female) is not a pre-requisite to join our team. Anyone wanting to make this journey with us is welcome. The more the merrier, as they say!

    28 Responses to “Looking for the Right (or is it write) Name…”

    1. Brave and Strong Laura (You need a superhero name!):
      I applauld you for reaching out this way. I know the costs of treatment. I spent many a worried night trying to figure out how to cover the neupogen shots which at first I was told would run me $2400 a month, after insurance. I’m still paying for my year of treatment.

      I’d be there but that is the weekend I’m out of town. :(

      But I’ll definately be thinking of a name.

      For me taking control of something means it doesn’t control you. Or at least as much.

      by Lynn on February 26th, 2008 at 7:30 am

    2. The Pride.

      by J.D. Rhoades on February 26th, 2008 at 7:44 am

    3. Titanium Angels.

      by J.D. Rhoades on February 26th, 2008 at 8:12 am

    4. Write Now.

      by David Terrenoire on February 26th, 2008 at 8:43 am

    5. And you look beautiful in that picture. But you knew that, I hope.

      by David Terrenoire on February 26th, 2008 at 8:44 am


      by Guyot on February 26th, 2008 at 9:44 am

    7. […] I have been told, by writers much smarter and better organized than myself, that I’m supposed to link to this blog post about the MS walk, because of course it’s much more than just walking, which is what I initially thought (I know, I know, I’m just hopeless about things like this!); it’s about raising money and awareness and getting other people to participate too. […]

      by Refrigerator Door on February 26th, 2008 at 10:02 am

    8. First, if you don’t mind a guy in the mix, I’ll be walking with you.

      Second, a name, “The Write Stuff!”

      by Will Bereswill on February 26th, 2008 at 10:18 am

    9. Okay, so my first thought was already mentioned by another very clever, but quicker person.

      You know how much I love a pun…The second thing that popped into my head was the MSketeers. :mrgreen:

      :roll: I know, I’ll keep thinking…

      by Beth on February 26th, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    10. Beth, love the MSketeers! Too funny.

      by Heather on February 26th, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    11. I have nothing but solid admiration for you, Laura, for what you face every day. Don’t give up on a cure, lady–you’re young!

      My suggestion is H.O.T. Writers–Help Our Tomorrows. Whatever name your group ends up with, you’re doing a fine, fine thing.

      by Shirley on February 26th, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    12. Laura-

      It’s great that you’re out there advocating for people with MS. It’s very courageous to step up and raise awareness and $$ to help.

      Best wishes on your walk!
      Bruce Makous

      P.S. I think you guys are “The MS Crypt” (Don’t groan! You’re all writers on the team, right?)

      by Bruce Makous on February 26th, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    13. Since I can’t join y’all in April, I’ve signed up for a local walk in my area: Tyler WalkMS, on March 15. I registered with a young mother-daughter team called the Graceful Walkers.

      Here’s my personal page:
      Feel free to pass it along, and let’s hope we get lots of donations!

      Haven’t thought of a name yet, as the others were already taken, but I’m partial to the MSkeeters, too. Will think more later. Off to practice more walking!

      by Texas Lynn on February 26th, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    14. A dear friend just had to quit teaching because of MS. I miss her every day. Walk on! I like The Write Stuff, myself. :)

      by Daisy on February 26th, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    15. Yeah, yeah, I’m not eligible, but was having fun this morning with the thesaurus:

      Sashaying Scribblers

      Creative Chicks

      Scribbling Sweethearts (awwww)

      Bookin’ It

      by Heather on February 27th, 2008 at 8:10 am

    16. That’s good Heather…gets people thinking some more. We need more ideas. Plotting against MS? I’m not eligible either.

      Keep ‘em coming, everyone!!!

      And Texas Lynn…I’m so touched you signed up to do one in Texas! Big hug!

      And, on a side note–Annette Funicello was a mousketeer right? She’s got this disease too. Which gives a different twist to the MSkeeters…

      And David…not really, but thanks.

      by Laura on February 27th, 2008 at 8:25 am

    17. How about:

      Good Girls Walking

      by kristen on February 27th, 2008 at 8:31 am

    18. Keep up with the Chick themes and I’ll have to walk behind your group. I have my manly manhood to think about.

      by Will Bereswill on February 27th, 2008 at 10:53 am

    19. Had a dr’s appt. this a.m. so plenty of time to think. Here’s my list of suggested names:

      Bradford’s Bunch
      Good Girls Bookin’
      Good Girls Steppin’ Out
      Laura’s Rovers
      Team Quest
      Team Scribblers
      Strolling Scribes
      Word Nerds
      Writin’ Ramblers
      Writers Stride

      …and from the Professor: Wandering Soles (he’s nutty like that)

      by Texas Lynn on February 27th, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    20. Word nerds! LOL! Too funny.

      by Heather on February 27th, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    21. I like that one, too, Heather! :mrgreen:

      by Texas Lynn on February 27th, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    22. Hmmm — I jumped over here from Judy Larsen’s place. I’ll have to think about the name and come back. I wish I could join you all!

      by Lisa Kenney on February 28th, 2008 at 1:42 am

    23. Good Girls Kill for MS

      Okay, that one’s probably obvious and silly, and I was never very good at naming. :D

      I love Word Nerds, but I’m biased because ages ago I made a t-shirt with that design.

      by heather (errantdreams) on February 28th, 2008 at 11:07 am

    24. OMG, did you see the Word Nerd “Classic Thong” at Heather’s linked site? HAHAHA! Cracked me right up! :mrgreen:

      by Texas Lynn on February 28th, 2008 at 11:23 am

    25. Hehe… :o ops: I always put the thongs in for folks who want to do gag gifts. They suit my warped sense of humor!

      by heather (errantdreams) on February 28th, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    26. […] * As some of you may know, my good friend and mystery author Laura Bradford was recently diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Though she battles the disease every day, she’s taking her fight to the street. Literally. Laura is organizing a group of authors and readers to take part in a MS walk in St. Louis in April to raise money to win the war against this disease. She’s currently running a contest on her blog for a team name, and as soon as that is chosen donations can be made on the team’s MS webpage. I’ll post the link as soon as I know it. All the details can be found on her blog. […]

      by The Cozy Chicks | Cozy Up To Some Killer Books on February 29th, 2008 at 1:38 am

    27. Hi Laura,

      How about….

      literary legwork
      mystery mavens

      From one MSer to another, I’m glad that you have chosen to be open with your disease and help spread awareness. If you’d like to make contact with other bloggers with MS, visit my blog sometime.

      Take care,

      Brass and Ivory

      by Lisa Emrich on March 1st, 2008 at 12:07 am

    28. You go girl. But then you always did — you always do — you always will.

      by Diana Killian on March 3rd, 2008 at 1:56 am

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