The day the Washington Post article published, my phone didn't stop ringing as all the top networks were trying to reach me to do their own TV spot. I let it ring, while emails flowed in from strangers and friends alike -- most of them thanking me for the inspiration and for being a hero. Yikes, I wasn't quite ready for all that.
TV cameras showed up at my door that afternoon -- without an invite; I asked the reporter to leave. I wanted to inspire folks, but didn't feel a 30 second spotlight would be able to portray the bigger story.
Diane Sawyer tried reaching me through email -- even emailed my friend Julie Parker who is the publisher of WNC Woman where I had published articles earlier that year. In addition, she had an ABC reporter drive up from Charlotte -- nearly 2 hours away -- and find my house to ask me in person if I would appear on the Good Morning America show.
Long story short, I agreed -- only in the case that it would be a big enough spot to make my points and hopefully touch more lives. Read the ABC news clip here or the .pdf story here and watch the video below.