I’ve been posting in Red Room since the day this fabulous community went live, but this may be the most important blog I have written.
San Francisco Activist, writer, lyricist, musician Deborah Grabien is a member of our Red Room Community, who has worked tirelessly to help others in sickness. Now, she and her husband, Nic, need the strength and aid of our pens to write letters AND to thumb through our contact list.
This is how Deborah describes herself:
“Does not desire or need to be led. Will not tolerate being led. Knows where both the road and her feet are. I am not a sheep or even a lamb. If I want or need a shepherd or someone to follow, I'll place an ad.“
“Yes, writing, is work. It's hard, hard work. But it also rocks ”
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Deborah Grabien has been living with multiple sclerosis for the past seven years. She doesn't qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance, because she hasn’t been able to work for twenty of the past thirty quarters, and therefore, not eligible. The medicine that keeps her out of a wheelchair is $2200 a month. Her means of getting it fades away in April when her COBRA runs out.
Her husband, Nic Grabien, who is living with diabetes, lost his job nearly three years ago, pushed out by management who hire recent college grad at half his salary. He was a senior level technical writer and editor - does Common Criteria certification documentation, among other things. He has close to thirty years experience. His unemployment runs out at the same time their COBRA runs out. They will, at that time, possibly be looking at homelessness.
This is what I urge my redroom friends to do in this season of thanks-giving. We can’t get rid of Deborah’s MS or Nic Diabetes, but we can:
1. Thumb through our Rolodexes for contact to help Nic Grabienfindwork in his field that comes with insurance benefits for him and Deborah. Let's get Nic gazillions of interviews. Please write Deborah through Redroom or her personal address: firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Buy and recommend, Deborah’s second book in the Kinkaid Chronicles, While My Guitar Gently Weeps. (I love this title.) This is the series closest to her heart. Let’s get the sales up in Amazon and beyond so her publisher will offer her a contract for the third book. The same outpouring of support for cancer survior Patry Francis last year, we can give to Deborah. For those who know about MS, when the disease strikes, Deborah cannot scratch her own nose, let alone go on the road to promote her work.
3) Thirdly, PLEASE write a blog-letter here on Red Room, addressed to KQED's Michael Krasny or any person with the power to make life better for the Grabiens, print it out, put in in an envelope, stick that 44-cent stamp on it. Michael Krasny's mailing address is:
Michael Krasny/The Forum
2601 Mariposa Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
I sm told letters are better than email, but Deborah and Nic don't have a lot of time, so please send the letter to email@example.com. Michael Krasny is also in Facebook. You can write him there!
(I welcome you to be creative and suggest other aid sources, be it in the newspapers, other radio stations and television. Book stores, too, if Indies in your area are willing to carry and call attention to her books. If you have contacts, pleae offer them.)
Let’s get Deborah on Michael Krasy and broadcast. She is vastly articulate and knock-out writer--just read her blogs. She is a major advocate for health insurance reform. On Michael Krasny's show, she can do a shout out for her and Nic’s needs.
And don't forget to forwad this page to friends who may extend a hand!
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