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Mix and Match Mama/Shay Shull
November 13, 2017
8:25 am
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#thathouse
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April 26, 2014

I have thought for a while that the reason they didn't go on the State Farm trip in August was because of Ashly's health. Who knows.

November 13, 2017
8:56 am
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Neutral Neurotic
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Meows: 1431
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December 27, 2014

She made time to promote herself, but couldn't promote the charity named after her friend that she sits on the board for?

That being said, no snark from me about today's post. I really feel for Ashby. That is so much for someone so little to handle and it made me very sad to read that it will only get worse.

November 13, 2017
9:05 am
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murphy 66
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May 5, 2014

#thathouse meowed
I have thought for a while that the reason they didn't go on the State Farm trip in August was because of Ashly's health. Who knows.

Are the SF incentive trips based on the agency hitting certain goals or are all agency owners offered the trip each year? I've always assumed it is the former and, if so, I just figured since Shiny seems so lax about his business lately that he is no longer qualifying for the trip.

But she had said at the start of the summer that they were taking a trip just the six of them. And they didn't, so maybe Ashby's condition is affecting their ability to travel too far away.

November 13, 2017
9:39 am
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Slice of Costco Cheesecake
Baroness of Ham
Meows: 480
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September 2, 2016

Neutral Neurotic meowed
She made time to promote herself, but couldn't promote the charity named after her friend that she sits on the board for?

That being said, no snark from me about today's post. I really feel for Ashby. That is so much for someone so little to handle and it made me very sad to read that it will only get worse.

smiley-signs064 So maybe Ashby had a tough day Saturday (bless her heart, it sounds so painful what she's going through) but I'm sure Sunday wasn't a whole lot better. And of course, Shay can make it out to her "book signing" but seemingly can't make it to her so called bestest friend ever ever in the history of best friends FIRST major foundation event? Nice. Maybe the book thing was contractual and she couldn't get out of it, but man does that look bad. REALLY hoping she posts some pictures showing she was at the race Saturday. I'm sure a grandma could have stayed with Ashby for a couple hours as this thing for Manda should have had ALL her BFFs there. others-221

Did anyone local witness this ridiculous appearance on Sunday?!?!?

November 13, 2017
9:45 am
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BoyMomAndGirlMom
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April 14, 2016

Don’t hate me for saying this- but for Ashbys sake I’m glad they didn’t know how severe her problem was before she was adopted. I doubt they would have signed on for such a complicated long term issue.

Now that she’s their daughter, of course they will do anything to help her. I’m glad she did end up with a family that has the means to travel all over and seek out specialists to make sure that she is receiving the very best care. It’s deveatating that she mentioned they are doing everything they can to save the limb. I can’t imagine how scary that is for all of them.

November 13, 2017
10:58 am
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Bear With Me
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Meows: 565
Snarking Since:
May 18, 2015

There is a lot about Shay that rubs me the wrong way, so I'm no white knight. Based on the above entries, I understand that the opinion I'm about to express might be unpopular, but I'm going to add my two cents. I respect everyone's right to voice their opinion. Just wanted to add mine.

The date for the MandaStrong Fun Run was announced back in August. Parents aren't in charge of surgery schedules. Ashby went in for surgery the day before the Foundation event.

I can easily understand Shay staying home with her five year old the day after a surgery which causes pain and discomfort. It seems a bit strong to say "At least Andrea volunteered" because Andrea's child didn't have surgery the day before. Shay did volunteer throughout the year as a Board Member, and she did promote the race on her blog. She didn't mention it in last Friday's post, but I remember her mentioning it previously.

I can't speak to the book signing on Sunday. Patient recovery can look a lot different 48 hours out from 24 hours out, but of course I wasn't there to evaluate. I just don't think it's unreasonable for Shay to have chosen to stay home the day after her child's surgery, and I don't think it's accurate to say that she didn't volunteer for this event.

November 13, 2017
12:22 pm
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Neutral Neurotic
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December 27, 2014

I agree-to a point. I don't fault her for staying at home with Ashby. Sometimes when you are hurting, you just need your mom.

However, that doesn't excuse her completely ignoring the 5K in Friday's post. She had time to promote herself and her Sams appearance, cram in dozens of rStyle links but no mention of the Manda 5K, even though she included an actual picture of Manda? Correct me if I am wrong because I did not read all of the MMM's blogs Friday (when I read them in bulk, I feel that I am losing brain cells) but the rest of them posted about the 5K, didn't they?

You would think that the first fundraiser for the organization that Shay sits on the board for would make the favorites list but that wouldn't be about Shay, and she proves time and time again who her real favorite is: herself.

November 13, 2017
12:46 pm
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Shericka: Travel Agents with Less Disney Experience Than the Travelers
Count de Meowmy
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July 20, 2014

I understand the different viewpoints.  And I certainly don't begrudge Shay staying home with her child after surgery.  None of know how bad Ashby's recovery is/was and if Shay felt she needed to be home then I applaud her decision.  HOWEVER….

It's total utter BS that Shay CHOSE not to promote her friend's charity, promote the 5K, or do anything for that matter on social media or her blog.  Shay made a decision to not do those things.  Despite Ashby's surgery and condition, Shay found time to promote herself on social media.  It's during these times that Shay's true priorities are more than obvious.  She can sit on as many charity boards and wax poetic about how important her friend was to her; however, Shay thinks of Shay first and foremost.

I'm sure she has a quote pinned on Pinterest to that effect….

November 13, 2017
12:56 pm
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You've Gotta Be McKinney Me
Count de Meowmy
Meows: 585
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June 15, 2016

Neutral Neurotic meowed
I agree-to a point. I don't fault her for staying at home with Ashby. Sometimes when you are hurting, you just need your mom.

However, that doesn't excuse her completely ignoring the 5K in Friday's post. She had time to promote herself and her Sams appearance, cram in dozens of rStyle links but no mention of the Manda 5K, even though she included an actual picture of Manda? Correct me if I am wrong because I did not read all of the MMM's blogs Friday (when I read them in bulk, I feel that I am losing brain cells) but the rest of them posted about the 5K, didn't they?

You would think that the first fundraiser for the organization that Shay sits on the board for would make the favorites list but that wouldn't be about Shay, and she proves time and time again who her real favorite is: herself.

I don't fault her for not attending the event, either, but agree it was odd that Shay didn't mention the race on her Friday Favorites the day before.

This is what I found on Shay's social media about the race/the foundation/a give-away in Manda's honor/fundraising for Manda's family:

Nov 3 run and registration mentioned in a blog post

September 29 run and registration mentioned in a blog post

September 28 instagram post about the run

August 22 instagram post mentioned that social media has been set up for @mandastrongfoundation

July 26 blog post about the Kendra Gives Back Party sponsored by the foundation

March 13 blog post about Blardigan Blessings give-away in Manda's honor, Go Fund Me and T-shirt sales

March 13 instagram about Blardigan Blessings

Shay also has a lot of moving personal mentions of Manda in the past months (a picture from a past July 4 parade, a picture of Manda on the anniversary of her birthday,  mentions of Manda during this year's scarf exchange, a sad mention of "Manda is gone" in Shay's post reflecting on the ten years she's blogged).

November 13, 2017
1:03 pm
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Passive Aggressionals
Baroness of Ham
Meows: 322
Snarking Since:
May 6, 2016

Even worse: Shay did post a picture of herself, Manda, and Erika last Friday. Instead of mentioning the run, Shay captioned the photo with an rStyle link for a tartan scarf.

November 13, 2017
1:09 pm
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juniormint19
Hamcat
Meows: 167
Snarking Since:
February 27, 2017

Maybe it's just me, but I don't think Shay wrote today's post, at least alone.  It was way too content heavy and well-written, did not include repeated generalizations/superlatives, etc.  I wonder if Andrew wrote it, or someone from the Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome foundation helped her with it.  I got to this sentence– "So many people have commented on how good Ashby’s hand is looking and while we do enjoy the aesthetic/practical benefits these procedures have (she can now bend her fingers, make a fist and even grasp things with her affected hand), the real reason is that it keeps Ashby safe and allows her to keep the limb as long as possible."- and became skeptical that it was written by a woman who named her very French puppy "Frenchie Macaroon".

November 13, 2017
1:39 pm
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Shericka: Travel Agents with Less Disney Experience Than the Travelers
Count de Meowmy
Meows: 732
Snarking Since:
July 20, 2014

juniormint19 meowed

Maybe it's just me, but I don't think Shay wrote today's post, at least alone.  It was way too content heavy and well-written, did not include repeated generalizations/superlatives, etc.  I wonder if Andrew wrote it, or someone from the Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome foundation helped her with it.  I got to this sentence– "So many people have commented on how good Ashby’s hand is looking and while we do enjoy the aesthetic/practical benefits these procedures have (she can now bend her fingers, make a fist and even grasp things with her affected hand), the real reason is that it keeps Ashby safe and allows her to keep the limb as long as possible."- and became skeptical that it was written by a woman who named her very French puppy "Frenchie Macaroon".

That’s an excellent point. It’s also possible she borrowed words from her doctor. He likely gave her prep material, instructions, etc. I agree she likely didn’t write it all. Wayyyy toooo coherent to be a Shay post.

November 13, 2017
1:45 pm
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satin's food
Count de Meowmy
Meows: 649
Snarking Since:
August 10, 2016

Passive Aggressionals meowed
Even worse: Shay did post a picture of herself, Manda, and Erika last Friday. Instead of mentioning the run, Shay captioned the photo with an rStyle link for a tartan scarf.

Oh, wow. WOW.





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