Elissa is our own Wonder Woman
Sometimes in life you need a little reminder of big problems versus little problems in our days. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said “The years teach much what the days never know.” Traffic jams, the photo copier jamming again at work and the kids screaming at each other are small problems in the grand scale of life.
Failing health is obviously as big a problem as it gets. We have our own Sunshine Coast Wonder Woman who has an epic fight on her hands.
Elissa Bartholomew is a mum of 2 kids and has a rare disease called Scleroderma, which is horrible and incredibly cruel as it basically turns inside your body to cement over time. There is no cure at this stage. Scleroderma is a Greek word that means literally hard and skin. When I touched Elissa’s hands I couldn’t help but notice her fingers feel like cold and hard cement. The dead weight and chill of her hands struck me as being so surreal and so strange because they are in such direct contrast with what is clearly a very warm and loving soul who knows only too well what lies ahead. Elissa is 43 and has a 2 year old girl who loves The Very Hungry Caterpillar and pretty much everything else little girls her age love. Most of all of course she loves her mummy. The Mapleton mum also has an 18-year-old child who is at university and is clearly a loving and devoted son. “My biggest fear is that I won’t get to see Darcee grow up or see Tyler find his true love and get married.” Elissa said. “I also fear I wont grow old and grey with my husband Jeff. On top of that it can be very painful and I have days I cannot lift my head off the pillow because of the pain that comes from the tight skin and muscles. Then there is also the fatigue and constant reflux. That’s a burn I will never get used to.” Elissa added.
The 43 year old is thinking of others however and is running a charity screening of the new movie Wonder Woman at the Nambour Majestic Cinema on the 24th of June. The aim of the night is to raise money for research for a cure and to raise awareness about this insidious disease. The fact is it will be heaps of fun with great people at a great venue and great raffle prizes.
And I am going because I want to show support to this mum who is so amazing. “My message is to live for the now. Do what makes you happy and do not worry about trying to please everyone, that is not possible. Life will throw you some really big curve balls at you and you can chose to catch them and become stronger or dodge them and wonder what could have been. Choose to catch them! You may just end up surprising yourself! Am I Wonder Woman? No. Have you seen my legs? I’d never be able to pull off that costume! I’m just a mum who had a crappy card dealt to her and like all mums who have kids, you’ll do whatever is in your power to see them grow up and become awesome adults.” finishes the wise mum.
Amen to that.
See you there. And for the record Elissa, I reckon you should wear the WW costume on the night!