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Going to the White House for a Visit

Monday morning I fly out early to Washington, D.C. for a very quick meet-and-greet with the rest of the 2008 US Olympic and Paralympic Team, and of course, the President.

This sort of thing is entirely optional, and I'd say more than half of the people who went to Beijing want to, or are able to come. Still, I went in 2004 after Athens and had a blast. So I couldn't say no this time around.

As many of you know, I am very liberal in my political persuasion. Still, no matter who is in office, no matter the political climate, it is an honor to walk the grounds of the White House and be in the presence of the Office of the President. Last time, I was amazed to discover how charismatic President Bush is, especially in a fine tailored suit, surrounded by his entourage with his smiling wife at his side. You hear about it, how you feel drawn to invite him to dinner or go have a drink with him, and I'll tell you the stories are entirely true. In fact, when he approached our side of the White House Lawn and began shaking hands, I was surprised to find my own hand reaching out. He shook my hand and I blurted, "Mr. President, I'm from Austin, Texas." He smiled, said "Welcome to Washington!" And that was that.

I don't expect anything different to happen this time, although it was a rare chance for me to be able to shake his hand four years ago. I'm happy just to be able to go on this trip, in part because it's like a quick reunion tour with all the friends and athletes I met in Beijing. I might even get to see Michael Phelps. You know, from a distance, since he'll be surrounded by screaming fans. But I'll also get to chat with the Olympic archers, who I know from various tournaments. Pretty soon, everyone will put Beijing behind them, filed away with all the other amazing, fun, and successful Olympiads. They'll start looking ahead to London 2012. That's as it should be, but I'm still glad we get one last hurrah together.

Updates to follow!


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Oct. 6th, 2008 08:17 am (UTC)
Have fun! :) If you see any Olympic rowers...uh...admire them for me? :P And if one of the rowers is Elle Logan, you can say that I said hi :)
Oct. 8th, 2008 02:41 pm (UTC)
Hi Lindsey,

I am mom to a son, age 6, who has MAS (I blog at http://charmingbb.blogspot.com/).

I was so excited when I came across your story.

Super congrats on all of your awesome work and success!

I was wondering if you would ever consider participating in a MAGIC Foundation conference -- maybe sharing your story with some parents and kids? The conference takes place at the end of July each summer in Chicago. If yes, please let me know, email is charmingmybb@yahoo.com

Warm regards,
Catherine (Mom to BB)
Oct. 9th, 2008 02:51 pm (UTC)
Hi Catherine!

Thanks so much for reading. Over the years I've taken advantage of the fact that my mom took care of the McCune Albright Syndrome stuff online, and I've never had to worry about it. I've thought so many times over the years that I ought to get involved. Now seems like the perfect time.

So to answer your question, yes! I'd love to come to the conference next July and give a speech. I'm going to be starting Toastmasters soon to work on my public speaking skills, since I've been doing so many talks in our local area. By next July, I'll probably have a few polished speeches I can use--though I'd tailor it to the MAGIC Foundation kids, of course.

How many people usually attend? Are there many speakers? How long does the conference last?
Oct. 9th, 2008 03:18 pm (UTC)
MAGIC Foundation 2009 Conference

This year there were probably about 25 families and maybe 4 doctors for MAS/FD section. About 1000+ people total for the whole conference, including other conditions covered by MAGIC.

Angie Dudley with MAGIC is working on the 2009 conference right now -- could you email her at dorightdoll@yahoo.com with your contact information? Also, Jamie Harvey is a good contact at MAGIC, jamie@magicfoundation.org

Thank you thank you!

Oct. 10th, 2008 01:39 am (UTC)
MAS/FD convention09
Hey Lindsey, This is Angie Dudley with MAGIC. I was thrilled when Catherine sent me the reply from you about attending the convention. We think you will be a fantastic speaker not only for the kids but for the parents as well. Dr. Michael Collins did a study and found that the parents have a harder time accepting MAS/FD than the kids do, so I think you will be a termendous blessing for the parents.
There are usually at least 3 doctors who come. They present the latest advancements or information about MAS/FD.
There are are also quite a few young people who come, late teens early 20's so you will have plenty folks to pal around with. Believe you me, you will feel right at home.
When you decide for absolute sure that you will come, please let me know so that I can let MAGIC know as they will make all your travel arrangements. MAGIC will cover the cost of your trip and stay.
Have you ever heard of Lucy Gilmore? She is also a MAS/FD medalist. Her field of expertise is swimming...YOU GUYS AMAZE ME!!!
Anyway, if you have questions or anything just contact me or Catherine.
Have a fantastic day in which the Lord provides.
Angie Dudley
MAS/FD co-consultant
the MAGIC Foundation
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