|George and his beloved dogs|
As you all know by now, social media is instrumental in promoting a blogger's work and not only does Lindaraxa have a Twitter account, but so does my sous chef @lucywestie. Behind all the pets on Twitter are real human beings, many of whom I have met in person and become good friends. Others are in faraway places from the Orkney Islands to Australia but never more than a tweet away. We have shared many good times together but have also been there to support those who needed it. All in 140 characters.
One of the most popular "anipals" , and perhaps the funniest of them all, is a Bichon by the name of @missbusybiz. Her mother and the real voice behind "Missy" is Francy Saunders, a professional senior care giver and a friend of Lindaraxa since the beginning. I found out today that Francy and her family have lost their home and are in the process of packing their belongings and trying to find a home that will keep them all together. This process is specially hard as Francy's husband is in the final stages of advanced Alzheimer's. George, a World War II veteran, frequently cannot even remember how to walk, leaving him bed-bound and helpless, as his mind drifts in and out of reality. His only constant is Francy and the dogs, Missy and Kirby. This, of course, leaves Francy drained emotionally and physically from lifting him but you would never guess it from her tweets. Twitter and the character of @missbusybiz are her only outlet after a long day of caring for George. How she does it, I don't know.
|Francie and her dogs Missy (front) and Kirby|
Doctors have told Francy moving house is possibly critically dangerous for George because of the stress he will go thru, which will spike his already severe Alzheimers, but sadly the situation is out of her hands. Foreclosure papers have already been sent. He cannot be placed in care because they cannot afford to pay for it. Francy is well known for her blog: Senior Care Tips For Family but even she didn’t see this coming. Francy also tweets under @SeniorCareTips and @WritersThatChat.
I have not been on Twitter much lately but had noticed that Missy was noticeably absent from my stream. I understand from friends that she has been quite stoic about the situation claiming she was just tired when asked what was wrong. For a long time, the family has been living on the bare minimum from George's military pension as Francy had to quit her job to take care of him. A few months ago when their electric bill was about to be cut off, her friends on Twitter got together and paid it. They have sent her food, clothes and one even pays for the dog food every month. That is how dire the situation is.
A friend of Francy is helping to move her and has offered to pay her first and last month's rent. She needs a place that will take in her family including her pets. Twitter pals have organized themselves to give her a virtual party on Twitter this Wednesday to lift her spirits. They have also set up a ChipIn box should you care to help. It will be really appreciated, at least to get them settled in. But folks, this family needs more than a few dollars. They need to be able to stay in their home with no worries. I cannot believe that in this country a World War II veteran in the final stages of Alzheimer's can be displaced from his home.
More than anything, I am asking for help in passing the story along, especially to the right sources. Any help or suggestions you can give us that would help the family stay in their home would be most appreciated. The family lives south of Seattle, Washington.
I REALIZE THAT WE CANNOT HELP ALL THE MILLIONS WHO ARE UN EMPLOYED OR ABOUT TO LOSE THEIR HOME BUT WE CAN, AT LEAST, TRY TO HELP ONE.
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org should you care to contact me directly.
Other friends helping the family:
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