So my friend Meacie and I had this crazy idea that we would audition for the show The Amazing Race. At the time we needed some money so what better way to increase our finances then to get on a show where we could win one million dollars! The only problem was Meacie lived in Boston at the time and I was in Chicago so we were trying to figure out when we could film the audition video. The only window of time we had was when Meacie would be in Chicago on business four weeks after I had major surgery to remove a fibroid tumor. I contacted my wonderful editor Roger Wolski and we were all set to film. As we began filming, Meacie and I realized that us being on The Amazing Race was so much bigger than the two of us. I wanted to show people that although a person maybe diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, he/she can still live a fun, fulfilling and active life. Prior to be having the surgery I was training for the Chicago Marathon. I had even got up to running 10 consecutive miles at one time. For Meacie this was an opportunity to raise awareness of autoimmune diseases as well. Her mom was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease Rheumatoid Arthritis when Meacie was a child. So she had watched her mom raise four beautiful daughters, work a job and take care of her household all while living with rheumatoid arthritis and the challenges that come with the diagnosis.
We had an absolute ball filming. The theme of the audition video was actually inspired by real events. And I’m leaving at that J! But like all productive procrastinators, Meacie and I never set in the video. Between her moving from the east coast to the west coast and me returning to work after surgery it was one of those things that got lost in the shuffle.
Since Meacie and I didn’t send the video into CBS, I decided to post it for your enjoyment.