MESH INJURY – “Spotlight Symptoms”

Hello Warriors;

Today, I’m starting a blog series called, “MESH INJURY – Spotlight Symptoms.”*

TVMI encounter an alarmingly typical and recurrent problem when advocating for and with mesh-injured patients. It goes something like this:

  1. Mesh-injured patient develops a disturbing symptom.
  2. Mesh-injured patient visits his/her PCP or a specialist to seek diagnosis and treatment.
  3. Physician performs a physical exam, and says something like, “I don’t know what that is,” or I’ve never seen anything like this [symptom].”
  4. Patient is confused and bewildered and asks if there are tests that could be done or another doctor or specialist who would know more about the symptom.
  5. Physician says, “No,” and doesn’t perform any diagnostics to find out the underlying cause of the symptom (environmental cause, disease process, injury, or infectious pathogen).
  6. Physician prescribes medicine to mask or alleviate symptom(s) (e.g. topical creams for rashes, antibiotics for a suspected infection, maybe some other pharmaceutical to control pain or discomfort, or even an invasive or non-invasive form of treatment).
  7. Patient goes home still symptomatic, with no diagnosis, and with one or more pharmaceutical or other treatments to consider, which may or may not work, since the UNDERLYING CAUSE or UNDERLYING PATHOLOGY, which caused the symptom to manifest, was never studied in depth by the treating physician.
  8. Patient goes home and follows pharmaceutical regimen or advice for treatment.
  9. Pharmaceuticals and treatments do not alleviate symptom(s). Symptom(s) continue.
  10. Patient is left untreated and without a next step.

Paternalistic-vs-Patient-CenteredOftentimes a physician will refer to a symptom as “idiopathic,” which in layman’s terms simply means, “Who knows where it came from?” There is a responsible use of this term, but I see it used irresponsibly too often.

Some diseases are generally agreed to be “of idiopathic origin,” because no one in science can definitively identify an underlying cause. In this case, “idiopathic” is often part of the name of the disease or syndrome itself. Some examples are:

  • Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (sometimes called Acute or Chronic ITP) is a bleeding disorder, in which a patient has abnormally low blood platelets, and thus their blood does not properly clot.
  • Idiopathic Hemochromatosis – is another bleeding disorder, in which an abnormal and dangerous amount of iron accumulates in the body’s tissues or organs, including the liver and lungs.

Both disorders are life threatening if left untreated. These disorders present with SYMPTOMS, and when doctors invest in diagnostic procedures, these diagnostic procedures, coupled with symptoms, lead them to a diagnosis, which then leads to a treatment or even a cure.

A serious problem arises when physicians use the word “idiopathic” irresponsibly. In all cases, any particular symptom or cluster of symptoms do originate from some cause, from something, from somewhere, and any doctor who does not search for the underlying cause of a symptom is negligent. “I don’t know,” would be a more accurate physician response in this situation, however; “idiopathic” sounds so much more, you know, medical and stuff. Odd or uncommon symptoms can often co-occur, simultaneously with other more salient symptoms, and when viewed together as a whole, the underlying disease process in these cases, can be more obvious, leading to a higher chance of diagnosis, or a more rapid diagnosis, which then leads to the correct treatment, to the best of the physician’s actual knowledge.

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But, what if a patient presents with an idiopathic symptom that does not have a common accompanying symptom or cluster of symptoms that is easily recognizable to an average physician? In my personal experience, this situation is when physicians can get a bit lazy with the use of  the term”idiopathic.”

“Of idiopathic origin” is so much more dignified on a patient’s chart than:

“I have no friggin’ idea, but it’s not my problem, so I gave the patient some samples.”

So, has your physician ever told you, “I’ve never seen that symptom,” or “Your symptom seems to be idiopathic and will most likely resolve on its own.”?

If so, I’d love to hear from you.

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If you have, what was the symptom?

Did you ever get to the bottom of it?

Did the physician suggest diagnostic testing, or did you ask for such if he/she did not?

Did you find your doctors to be helpful in assisting you as you continued to pursue a cause, or did you find that your doctor quietly excused himself from your care, and left you to find some other doctor who might help?

Tuesday we’ll talk about the first of many symptoms which are commonly seen in mesh-injured patients, but for which doctors often say there is no explanation or that physician seems to have no drive to find an explanation.

With this series of blogs, I hope to highlight some very common symptoms, for which mesh-injured patients are turned away, left with no medical solution to pursue. Let’s use our collective knowledge as a community to help one another and to help those who don’t understand the realities of ongoing mesh injury.

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*I am not a doctor. This information is for education purposes only and is based on my personal experiences. If you have a symptom, please find a doctor who will help you identify and treat your symptoms.

Dr. Raz Debates: To Mesh or Not to Mesh?

Shlomo Raz, MD

Shlomo Raz, MD

Dr. Shlomo Raz, known wide and far by our Mesh Warrior community as the preeminent surgeon for full transvaginal mesh excision, debates a fellow urogynecological surgeon at the 2015 American Urological Association Annual Meeting, held in New Orleans in May of this year.

Below is the video of the debate.

 

What do YOU think about the merits of each position?

2015 Debate: Surgery for Stress Incontinence – With vs. Without Mesh

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Dr. Raz Debates at the AUA’s 2015 Annual Meeting in New Orleans, taking the position that mesh SHOULD NOT be used to treat SUI.

*WARNING – There is graphic medical content including live-action film of genitalia and surgical interventions.

A Doctor A Day Keeps This Study Away/Dr. Babak Vakili & Jennifer Mann, BSN RN at Delaware’s Christiana Care Health System

Hello Warriors;

Below is a link to an active study that is recruiting 900 NEW WOMEN to compare Coloplast’s Restorelle Direct fix for repair of POP to that of Native Tissue Repair.

Restorelle® Mesh Versus Native Tissue Repair for Prolapse

I am posting a doctor a day. You can help our community and participate by trying your best to keep more innocent women from being injured by polypropylene implant by calling these doctors (ESPECIALLY, if you live in the doctor’s community). Ask questions about the study, and share with them WHY you don’t think this study should continue.

Today’s doctor to call or email is:

Dr. Babak Vakili of Christiana Health Care System in Delaware is participating in the Coloplast Restorelle Study.

Dr. Babak Vakili of Christiana Health Care System in Delaware is participating in the Coloplast Restorelle Study.

Center for Urogynecology and Pelvic Surgery, Christiana Care Health System Recruiting
Newark, Delaware, United States, 19713
Contact: Jennifer Mann, BSN RN CCRC    302-733-3056    jmann@christianacare.org
Principal Investigator: Babak Vakili, MD, FACOG

See the spotlight doctors from last week’s posts below:

Dr. Sherry Thomas/Agoura Hills, CA

Dr. Arturo Menchaca/Paris, IL Community Hospital

Art in many forms motivates, inspires me and soothes me. This video was sent to me by a the family member of a mesh-injured woman. No matter what your musical leanings, listen. The voices are beautiful and we can all relate to the lyrics. BE INSPIRED TO ACT!

5 Important Reasons to Reserve YOUR FREE #TMWF Medical USB Bracelet

Hello Warriors;

Your_8GIG_Medical_USB_BraceletYou may have read that #TMWF is donating 150 #TMWF MEDICAL USB BRACELETS! These 8G (8 Gigabyte) wearable USBs ensure you have all your encrypted medical records in YOUR hands (or around your wrist!) at all times.

Reserve yours today by filling out the form at the bottom of this blog post from last week: #TMWF – OUR BIG FAT GEEK GIVEAWAY!

You may also be thinking that the government’s mandatory implementation of “Electronic Health Records” (EHR) has made it easier for your doctor to access important data for consideration in your treatment. If you made that common and seemingly-obvious conclusion, you would be wrong. And you are certainly NOT in the minority. Most of your doctors agree with you!

In contrast, the advent and mandate of the EHR, especially in its current, initial phase, has created extra work for many healthcare professionals as they often “double document” information using a hybrid of paper-n-pen plus technology. Migration of so many institutions to a new workflow process has proven more difficult than many anticipated. . . which brings me to my point.

I came across a jewel today, courtesy of spōk℠. According to the company’s website, spōk℠ is “a leader in critical communications for healthcare, government, public safety, and other industries.”

Screen Shot 2015-10-13 at 2.47.19 PMThe company released a report today titled, “BYOD TRENDS IN HEALTHCARE: AN INDUSTRY SNAPSHOT.” (BYOD=Bring. Your. Own. Device. – computer, smartphone, tablet, etc.). The report surveyed more than 450 U.S. hospitals to draw some conclusions about the healthcare industry’s use of personal devices for work purposes.

Download the spōk℠ report HERE, or jump to my Top 5 Takeaways (below): 


  1. 73% of the 450 organizations surveyed allow some form of BYOD. This high percentage likely means that your physician or an administrator has use of a “hospital-approved” computer with a USB drive. If your physician balks the first time you try to share info from your #TMWF USB, keep pushing – even citing this reference material if necessary. You should be able to update your own medical file with information that is necessary for consideration in your treatment.
  2. 91% of physicians and 79% of administrators are “allowed to participate” in their institution’s BYOD program. Again, if the doctor says, “No, I can’t take your information,” ask an administrator instead.
  3. 52% on institutions allow a BYOD environment for ease of communication among members of a care team. 35% allow a BYOD environment because they want greater access to patient information. With your #TMWF Medical USB Bracelet, you’re enabling your care team to access the information they want, and your #TMWF USB easily enables transfer of information from your device to theirs via a very widely-adopted technology: The USB Drive.
  4. Of the hospitals who do not currently allow a BYOD environment, 35% report that a BYOD program is a “future initiative” for the hospital. Just tell them you’re helping them to be ahead of the curve!
  5. Summary: Don’t stop at one, “No – we don’t allow that.”

YOUR #TMWF MEDICAL USB fits right in with the current hybrid system of electronic and paper data. 

Entrepreneurs have developed apps and softwares targeted to the personal healthcare professional which attempt, and often succeed, at improving workflow and communication across care teams, and as a result, patient outcomes. The mammoth industry we call “Healthcare” is struggling to keep protected health information (PHI) secure while allowing professionals to use these emerging technologies from/on their personal devices.

Hospitals and large practices don’t quite know what to do with the problem of allowing use of personal devices in tandem with their long-standing processes for communication and documentation between healthcare professionals and with patients. In conclusion, it’s likely that your physician has access to his own laptop or computer at his/her workplace. If your physician really wants to work as a team with you, he/she will adopt the attitude of “Where there’s a will; there’s a way.” And if your physician doesn’t adopt that attitude, I suggest you find another physician.

In the meantime, you’ll fit right in to the data-driven migration with your #TMWF Medical USB Bracelet. Order yours by filling out the form at the bottom of this blog post: #TMWF – OUR BIG FAT GEEK GIVEAWAY!

EDUCATE YOUR COMMUNITY ABOUT MESH!

Hello Warriors;

It's time to get out and EDUCATE our communities. The media isn't doing it.

It’s time to get out and EDUCATE our communities. The media isn’t doing it.

Today I’m launching an initiative to educate our communities. Following JnJ’s winning verdict yesterday in Ms. Carol Cavness vs. JnJ’s Prosima mesh, I feel it’s imperative that we unite and take action to educate our communities.

I gathered from the reporting and conversations with our community’s “boots on the ground,” that the jury was confused by legalese and terminology, a practice often deliberately used by defense teams to confuse jurors. I wish I could give you first-handle knowledge, but I was not able to attend the trial. However patient advocates, who were in attendance, told me that on Friday, the jury seemed to understand the specifics they were to deliberate; but by Monday, something had changed. The question sent out of the deliberation room on Monday gives us a hint that the jury was confused about foundational definitions like, “Proximate Cause.” Judge Molberg of the 95th district court in Dallas, Texas, reminded the jury in a written statement:

Judge Ken Molberg

Judge Ken Molberg

Proximate cause means a cause which was a substantial factor in bringing about an injury and without such cause the injury would not have occurred. In order to be a proximate cause, the act or omission complained of must be such that a medical device manufacturing company using ordinary care would have foreseen the injury or some similar injury might reasonably result there from.

There may be more than one proximate cause of an injury.

Ordinary Care means the degree of care a medical device manufacturing company or ordinary prudence would use under same or similar circumstances.

If you have answered either question one or two you should redeliberate using the definition I have given you in the supplemental charge because it is a proper legal definition.  It is the only answer I can give you at this time.”

Many of us can attest to mesh injury by Proximate Cause – again, meaning a substantial factor in bringing about an injury and without such cause the injury would not have occurred. It seems simple to understand that, had Ms. Cavness NOT RECEIVED the JnJ Prosima mesh implant, subsequently she would not have been injured by it.

In defense of the jury, these trials are exceedingly technical in nature, as companies defend each product in relation to other very similar products, in an effort to prove that “this mesh” (in this case, the Prosima mesh) was better than any of JnJ’s predecessor mesh products, or that other, safer solutions for her condition, were not available at the time of her implant. Pore size, tensile strength, laser cut vs. mechanically cut mesh – all of this terminology can be overwhelming to learn about in a 2-week trial, as is required of jurors.

Often, the trial is set on-course to be won by one side or the other during the juror-selection process. Jury selection is a joint effort involving the plaintiff’s counsel, the defense council, and the judge. The stated goal is to select jurors who are unbiased towards either the plaintiff or defense. Unfortunately, this process often results in the selection of jurors who actually have less knowledge or education than the average American about the very concepts that will be discussed during trial. One could easily conclude that the selection of jurors who have less knowledge about concepts to be discussed during trial could be a significant bias in itself – in favor of the defense. I don’t know if that is what happened in this case. I just know that the jury asked a very foundational question well into the deliberation process, which arguably, means they may not have understood other foundational concepts well.

My point is: These trials will continue, and we need to do what we can do – what we are able – to do. WE CAN EDUCATE OUR COMMUNITIES. That is something JnJ is doing every single day through advertising, public relations and directly to patients in exam rooms using implanting physicians, who often are not aware of the severe and permanent nature of adverse events resulting from polypropylene mesh implant.

Screen Shot 2015-10-06 at 10.52.10 AMFor example, I wonder how many implanting physicians know about this recently-published article about polypropylene mesh implant in the Journal of Biomedical Materials Research: 

Degradation of polypropylene in vivo: A microscopic analysis of meshes explanted from patients (August 28, 2015).

Or this research article on implant of permanent polyethylene materials: 

Surface modification by plasma etching impairs early vascularization and tissue incorporation of porous polyethylene (Medpor®) implants (September 2015)

Or this research about characteristics of polypropylene in abdominal repairs using mesh:

The influence of mesh topology in the abdominal wall repair process (June 2015)

#TMWF USB Medical Bracelet - in black

#TMWF USB Medical Bracelet – in black

Do you think your urologist, urogynecologist or ob/gyn is a regular reader of the Journal of Biomedical Materials Research? I suggest you ask him/her, and bring the research with you to your appointment on your #TMWF USB Medical Bracelet. 

Courtesy of Dave deBronkart (@ePatientDave), and his study and subsequent article titled,17 years for new medical practices to be adopted, I learned at #MedX 2015 that widely-accepted research by the scientific community, TAKES AN AVERAGE OF 17 YEARS FOR HALF OF DOCTORS to adopt as a treatment option available to their patients! That is unacceptable. That is, in fact, terrifying news.

Average 17 YEARS from discovery to adoption in practice! We don't have that much time!

Average of 17 YEARS from discovery to adoption for HALF of doctors to adopt in practice! 

We simply don’t have that much time.

We can shorten this timeline by educating ourselves, our families, our friends and our neighbors – and yes, even our physicians. 

You may already be making a huge impact, just by telling your story to another person – while waiting in line for a prescription, or at the grocery store, or maybe while on an airplane, or in the waiting room at your doctor’s office. Keep up the good work! It matters! It really does make a difference.

CASE IN POINT: Last year, I shared my family’s story with a Stanford University employee whose mother-in-law was in the Screen Shot 2015-10-06 at 12.27.03 PMprocess of speaking with doctors about mesh implant. Because of that one conversation, a year later, I met that man’s wife at #MedX 2015. I learned that, because of one conversation, and a daughter’s commitment and courage to educate herself; her mother is today healthy, happy, and MESH FREE! She is exercising and enjoying life at a whole new level. We will never know what the outcome of mesh implant would have been; we just know that education changed the course of one family’s decision. And because of that, their matriarch is not injured, not worried about the other adverse events of mesh implant, not destined to become disabled by polypropylene mesh.

If the media won’t educate the public; and the FDA will not remove this harmful device from the market, then WE MUST EDUCATE OUR FELLOW HUMAN BEINGS until the threshold of pressure causes the media, the FDA and/or the general population to take notice of this predatory behavior by the healthcare industry and device manufactures and the medical atrocity that will come to define a generation of families.

Who’s with me?

A Tribute to Ms. Linda Batiste: Mother, Grandmother, Nurse, and Mesh Pioneer

Linda_Elizabeth_Batiste IMG952180To Our Mesh Family and Mesh Warriors:

Please share this post with your family, friends, and community.

My friend, and MESH PIONEER, Linda Batiste has passed away. She went to be with her Savior Saturday morning.

If you are well enough, and close enough to attend her memorial, it would be a generous support of her, her family, and our mesh community.

Ms. Linda Elizabeth Batiste passed away on Saturday, August 8, 2015.

She would have been 66 on October 29.

Viewing and Family Reception – 10:00 a.m.
Memorial Service – 12:00 Noon
Chamberland Funeral Home
333 West Ave. D
Garland, Texas 75040

Graveside Service to Follow:
Lincoln Memorial Park
8100 Fireside Dr.
Dallas, Texas 75217

Ms. Batiste was a woman with a sturdy, loving character, who always maintained her faith and believed with all her heart that God’s will for her life was for her good and His glory.

She was a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to many. She is survived by her son James Clinton, her daughter Lydia Elmore, grandchildren James Carheel, Carrie Phillips, Sara Gaston, Tasha Clinton, Joshua Clinton, Linda Elmore, Terrance Jefferson, James Elmore, Naddeah Clinton, and Anthony Elmore, and host of great-grandchildren.

Ms. Batiste was a pioneer for all women suffering from mesh-related complications. Enduring pain and while walking with a cane, Ms. Batiste attended almost every day of her landmark trial against Johnson and Johnson last March and April. Though she lost the battle for her life; she died knowing that she had won the war. Johnson and Johnson has appealed her verdict, but 12 jurors in a Dallas courtroom granted justice to her family and her.

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Grandson, Joshua Clinton; Ms. Linda Batiste; and Aaron Horton – at an event to honor Ms. Batiste after her trial concluded.

Her favorite flower was The Sunflower, and her favorite color was purple. The 23rd Psalm was her favorite scripture, and she recited it often.

Please send words of encouragement or other sentiments to:

Chamberlain Funeral Home

On Behalf of Ms. Linda Batiste

333 West. Ave. D

Garland, Texas 75040

The family is in need of donations for food during this time and a headstone. Please click on the link below to donate for these purposes. The link has a tracking number, and 100% of the proceeds will go to James Clinton (her eldest son), her grandchildren and her great grandchildren. You must be logged in to the site to donate, though you may do so anonymously.

https://themeshwarriorfoundation.nationbuilder.com/linda_batiste

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Sunday Reflections: August 8, 2015

I began this blog to educate women and men about the dangers of polypropylene mesh implant.

I began this blog to educate the community at-large about a dangerous medical device that causes preventable suffering, injury and pain.

I began this blog because transvaginal polypropylene mesh injured my mother and changed her life forever.

I began this blog to provide a sense of hope, a deep knowing that, “You are not alone.”

I began this blog to build a community of injured women and men.

I BEGAN THIS BLOG TO DEFEND THE VULNERABLE.

*Photo Credit: Health Council of Canada

*Photo Credit: Health Council of Canada

The more I have researched and written about mesh, the more I have discovered shockingly common truths. As I continue to unravel this proverbial ball of yarn, I have come to believe that the manufacture and implant of mesh is a tragic “symptom” of a much larger problem – a symptom of a much more widespread “disease.”

Suspending, for now, the discussion of failed policies, corporate greed, and complicit doctors; I have come to believe that there is an underlying “disease” which manifests in the profound, life-altering “symptoms” of mesh injury.

This disease is not of the mesh-injured victims. It is the disease of their oppressors.

The Disease is DECEPTION

The Mechanism of Action is OPPORTUNISTIC THEFT

The Motive is PERSONAL PROFIT

The Outcome is PREVENTABLE HARM TO THE VULNERABLE among us.

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WE, without the Chronic Disease of DECEPTION, find ourselves outnumbered by individuals and groups of individuals who work together to DECEIVE us through OPPORTUNISM in order to STEAL from us:

OUR finite LIFE FORCE

OUR finite LIFE TIME

OUR finite ABILITY to PROVIDE FOR OURSELVES

OUR finite PERSONAL ENERGY

OUR sacred FAMILY LIFE

OUR finite WEALTH

OUR God-Given DIGNITY

OUR God-Given HEALTH

OUR God-Given right to BEAR LIFE and to HAVE LIFE

and OUR God-Given right to pursue happiness and live our life’s purpose without the threat of violence

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These DISEASED DECEIVERS

STEAL from us simply because they can; because we are VULNERABLE;

because we have LESS POWER than they do.

Who are the vulnerable persons in our society, in any society? The answer is as old as time:

  • Children
  • Women
  • The Elderly
  • The Disabled
  • The Poor
  • The Sick
  • The Unborn

This list is not debatable, not subject to political rhetoric, not subject to the debate of intellectuals, theologians, lawmakers or any Supreme Court.

 IT IS FACT. 

Supported by thousands of years of evidence and billions of incidents.

In these relationships, the distribution of power is inherently UNEQUAL.

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  • Every child is more vulnerable than any adult.

Video: 8-yr-old boy is restrained by handcuffs

“He lifted his eyes and saw the women and the children, and said, “Who are these with you?” So he said, “The children whom God has graciously given your servant.”

– Genesis 33:5

“O Lord, You have heard the desire of the humble;
You will strengthen their heart, You will incline Your ear
To vindicate the orphan and the oppressed,
So that man who is of the earth will no longer cause terror.”

– Psalm 10:17-18


  • Every woman is more vulnerable than most any man. 

rape-1Top 10 Countries With Highest Rape Crime for 2014 (America is number 4 of 10!)

UN Study Looks at High Rate of Rape (National Geographic, 2013)

Delhi rapist says victim shouldn’t have fought back (*BBC Online, 2012)

UN Study: Unite to End Violence Against Women (2011)

“Deliver me, I pray, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau; for I fear him, that he will come and attack me and the mothers with the children.”

– Genesis 32:11

“But the men would not listen to him. So the man seized his concubine and brought her out to them; and they raped her and abused her all night until morning, then let her go at the approach of dawn. As the day began to dawn, the woman came and fell down at the doorway of the man’s house where her master was, until full daylight.”

– Judges 19:24-26


  • Every elder or aging person is vulnerable in the presence of any person, who is more able by youth, health, or a less precarious physical or mental status.

“Elder abuse” can be defined by abuse of someone AS YOUNG AS 50.

“In the U.S. alone, more than half a million reports of abuse against elderly Americans reach authorities every year, and millions more cases go unreported.” (helpguide.org)

Educational Video About Elder Abuse (study.com)

“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you.”

Exodus 20:12


  • Every physically or mentally disabled person is more vulnerable in the presence of any fully able-bodied person.

Video: Social workers caught on camera beating and torturing disabled people in care (2012)

“May he vindicate the afflicted of the people, Save the children of the needy And crush the oppressor.” – Psalm 72:4

“His mouth is full of curses and deceit and oppression;
Under his tongue is mischief and wickedness.
He sits in the lurking places of the villages;
In the hiding places he kills the innocent;
His eyes ]stealthily watch for the unfortunate.
He lurks in a hiding place as a lion in his lair;
He lurks to catch the afflicted;
He catches the afflicted when he draws him into his net.” 

– Psalm 10: 7-9


  • Every man, woman and child living in poverty is more vulnerable to any other man, woman or child who is not living in poverty.
    • Every day can be violent: Slavery, Sex Trafficking, Sexual Violence, Police Brutality, Property Grabbing, Citizens Rights Abuse (*International Justice Mission/ijm.org)

Video: Kumar’s Story

(Courtesy of International Justice Mission)

Help the poor.

Help the poor.

Video: The Locust Effect

(Courtesy of IJM, licensed by Creative Commons)

“For the poor will never cease to be in the land; therefore I command you, saying, ‘You shall freely open your hand to your brother, to your needy and poor in your land.”

– Deuteronomy 15:11

“If you lend money to My people, to the poor among you, you are not to act as a creditor to him; you shall not charge him interest.”

– Exodus 22:25


  • Every person who is sick is vulnerable towards any person – man, woman, or child – who is not sick.

Video: The sick and vulnerable are taken advantage of by caregivers 

“You have seen it, O Lord, do not keep silent;
O Lord, do not be far from me.
Stir up Yourself, and awake to my right
And to my cause, my God and my Lord.
Judge me, O Lord my God, according to Your righteousness,
And do not let them rejoice over me.
Do not let them say in their heart, “Aha, our desire!”
Do not let them say, “We have swallowed him up!”
Let those be ashamed and humiliated altogether who rejoice at my distress;
Let those be clothed with shame and dishonor who magnify themselves over me.” 

– Psalm 35:22-26

In you they have taken bribes to shed blood; you have taken interest and profits, and you have injured your neighbors for gain by oppression, and you have forgotten Me,” declares the Lord God.”

– Ezekiel 22:12


  • Every person in the womb, who is unborn, is vulnerable to every person outside the womb, who had the blessing of being born.

VIDEO: The Journey of Life – GENESIS

“Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; They will not be ashamed when they speak with their enemies in the gate.”

Psalm 127: 3-5

“The angel of the Lord said to her further, “Behold, you are with child, And you will bear a son; And you shall call his name Ishmael, Because the Lord has given heed to your affliction.”

– Genesis 16:11


If, by the Grace of God, you are not among the vulnerable; then HELP the vulnerable; RESCUE the sick and; REMEMBER the forgotten; GIVE out of your abundance to those who have none.

I don’t know what your purpose is in this life, but I know for certain that NONE OF US IS HERE TO: OBJECTIFY, TAKE ADVANTAGE OF, EXPLOIT, OR INJURE.

OUR PURPOSE ON EARTH IS TO LOVE, SERVE, AND HONOR OUR

Children, Women, Elderly, Disabled, Poor, Sick, and Unborn.

“He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’”

– Matthew 25:45


Public Access to Mesh Trials – It’s a Constitutional Right

The layout of a typical U.S. Courtroom

The layout of a typical U.S. Courtroom

Please read my most recent blog for @BaronBudd | Protecting What’s Right! In it, I explain how you can confidently exercise your right to observe our judicial system at work for “We the People!” It can be intimidating, but after reading my post, you’ll be “In the Know.” Thank you Baron and Budd for helping us to elevate the voices of those who are mesh-injured and their families.

Access the full post here:

Public Access to Mesh Trials – It’s a Constitutional Right.

One Doctor, One Paragraph – What I Wish I Had Known

One doctor’s paragraph explains what I wish I would have known before my mother was approached and recommended to receive a polypropylene transvaginal mesh implant.

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#HAWMC