Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Starting Anew

Before I give a Derek update, a quick explanation of the change.  Besides the fact that I like this site better, there was another reason.

After 56,841visits as of today to the Caring Bridge site, I am starting anew on this site.  It took me a couple of days to transfer over all of the previous posts, since I want them all on one site.  And it took several hours over a couple of days for the wonderful Demetria Hale from Team Allen to set up this awesome looking blog (she did all of the photos, background, etc.).

Thank you for following us over here.  I hated to do this, but I had no choice.  You might remember those posts in my Guestbook attacking me.  I ignored it, at first.  After another one was posted by the alleged Janie McCarthy, and we do not believe that is a real name, I felt the need to respond.  I tried to ignore it, but the attorney in me fought back. 

I started the blog to allow my family and friends to follow Derek's progress and how the family was dealing with our new normal.  It grew by leaps and bounds, and it drew criticism, but by only a very few select people.  When I answered the criticism, "someone" complained to Caring Bridge.  I had read the Terms of Service, and nothing I posted violated same.  However, being a nonprofit organization, they decided they didn't want "fighting," and deleted several of the posts in the Guestbook, including Krystina's defense of me and explanation of what really happened.

This is my blog.  Yes, I am discussing Derek's progress, both emotional and physical, but I am also discussing how the family is handling it, and that includes dealing with some past "issues," when the need arises.  If you do not like what I am saying, you have the right not to read it.  If you do not like what I am saying, you DO NOT have the right to shut me up or have me change an entry.  Unlike CB, I can say what I want, and I plan on it.

Defamation is a knowingly false statement made with the purpose to hurt another individual.  Opinions, when stated as such, are not defamatory.  Nothing I have said could be considered defamation.  No, it might not be complimentary, but what I have said is either my opinion or a statement of events from my point of view, or a statement of facts for which I have documentation to prove same.

Therefore, I am going to speak my mind.  If someone in my past does not like it, pucker up.... I have something for you to kiss.

Derek is excited about this new site.  He was upset when someone acted like a little baby and complained.  Please.  Man up.  So, Derek is on board with allowing me to speak my mind.  And yes, this is MY side of the story.  I'm the one writing it.

Derek's day today was quiet.  He was exhausted, so he missed the Matc.  I had a severe migraine that feels like it is trying to jackhammer its way out of my skull right now, so I stayed quiet in my little chair in the corner.  Kyrstina has a bad cold, so she stayed quiet in her little chair in the other corner.  That was our day.

So, enjoy the new site!  More tomorrow when hopefully this headache has packed up and moved on!

Climb to glory!


  1. CONGRATULATIONS! This site looks awesome and I'm so glad that I was able to follow you over here. I look forward to continuing to support Team Derek which includes you and Krystina in a BIG way. I'm sorry for all you have had to go through just to tell your story but am so proud that you didn't let anyone stop you from speaking your mind. You are one tough cookie!

    Demetria did an awesome job - I'm loving all the photos at the top of the blog!

  2. I like this site better. You speak your mind if you want is what I say. All the best to you guys.

  3. Love the new blog. Every morning while drinking my coffee I read your blog. Continued good thoughts and prayers going Derek's and your way!

    Marilyn L Broadaway