We don’t know how Jane Marshall stays as busy as she does. She wears her crown well, so to speak, as Mrs. Massachusetts 2010. If you read her profile, you’ll learn that she’s a mom, a wife and a professional. Oh yeah, there’s the reigning Mrs. Massachusetts thing, too. How does she handle such a workload (she hesitates to even call it ‘work’) with such grace and enthusiasm?
In 2006, my mother was diagnosed with Stage IV Breast Cancer, and unfortunately in 2007, she lost her battle with this disease. Two years after losing her, I felt that I needed to share her story and show people how important awareness and early detection are.
Her mother motivates her. On her blog, Jane talks about all of the milestones her mother would have been proud to be a part of. She posts about her outreach, has a huge following on Facebook and in the public eye. Her presence is everywhere, and a gift to everyone who meets her. Time for a break, right? Big trip to Chicago coming up, several big events on the horizon and a family who wants some time with mommy, too. Nope. Jane was kind enough to enter the Merrimack Valley Mom Blog Contest.
The reason I chose to enter was because I feel that holding the title of Mrs. Massachusetts International 2010 has given me a voice to advocate about Breast Cancer Awareness and the Importance of Early Detection and sharing my mother’s story of losing her battle to this disease.
This is Jane’s story. Her story might be your story. There’s only one Mrs. Massachusetts 2010, but there are many women (and men) who are motivated by loss. Not grief, but motivation through helping, sharing and championing a cause that might prevent others from the hardships these men and women went through. It keeps those we lost close to our hearts and helps us get closer to those we don’t know.
Jane’s example is one of which the foundation of The Merrimack Valley Mom Blog was built. She even wrote about the experience on her own blog. This is a great example of the potential reach of the Merrimack Valley Mom Blog.
When we broke ‘cyber-ground,’ we didn’t know what to expect. Our goal was to select bloggers to represent a wide range of area mothers and to provide a resource for these area moms. What we got was a great group of moms with different stories and different ways to tell their stories. The The Merrimack Valley Mom Blog is so excited to welcome Jane, Tiffany, Meredith, Sabina and Amy. We can’t wait for them to start posting on the blog. As we populate profiles and get more information about each blogger, we are more excited than ever to hear what they have to say. To have them lead the conversation. To champion causes.
To be our ‘reigning bloggers.’