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January 9, 2014

Armchair Activistm

Our last post of 2013 was about Alexis Shapiro, the 12-year-old girl who developed hypothalamic obesity after having a brain tumor removed. A new friend of the Shapiro’s posted a comment that included an address to send cards and letters to Alexis to cheer her up while she’s going through this difficult period. I can’t imagine what it must be like to not only have to cope with a debilitating illness, but to have all the fat shame and weight stigma piled on top of that. If there’s ever been a moment for Fat Acceptance to use their power for good, it’s right now to send some love to Alexis Shapiro.

I just ask one thing: don’t make this about her weight loss surgery and don’t make this any kind of political issue. She’s a child. She just needs our love and support. So if you feel comfortable doing so, please send to her here:

Alexis Shapiro
PO Box 147
Cibolo, TX 78108

8 Comments leave one →
  1. January 9, 2014 11:36 am

    Thanks for the information, Shannon. I want to find some coloring books and crayons to send her. Maybe some stickers, too. πŸ™‚

    • January 9, 2014 12:14 pm

      Maybe markers and a drawing pad with be better for a 12 year old.

  2. January 9, 2014 11:47 am

    Great idea Lusciouswords!!! And thanks Shannon, will do!

  3. January 9, 2014 5:24 pm

    Thanks for your latest post and your enthusiasm! Although I have exchanged e mails, I am not a close personal friend of the family, but she and I have shared facebook friends and shared this horrible experience with our daughters. Alexis is 12, an age where appearances start to become the most important thing in the world! I plan to send some “girlie” things like nail polish and lip gloss. Even though my daughter lost her sense of smell after her first surgery, she still loved lotions, perfume and scented candles!
    Even if it’s just a card, I’m sure it will make her smile!

  4. January 12, 2014 9:24 am

    Reblogged this on Sly Fawkes and commented:
    I hope that people will consider showing support to this girl. Not only has she had to deal with a very frightening experience, now she will have to deal with the stigma of being a fat person in a world that hates fat people. Such a sad thing that hate seems to be more important to the general public than giving each other a chance to just be.

  5. hellavawife permalink
    January 20, 2014 4:15 pm

    I hope you all have a chance to look at “Hope and Love for Alexis” on FB. Her mother posted photos of her getting her mail, you could feel her excitement! If you haven’t already, please send this little sweetheart a note or card. Please pass the word. She now has a map so she can log where all her mail is coming from.

  6. March 6, 2014 4:26 pm

    Just an update on young Miss Alexis. Her surgery is scheduled for March 21. She and her family were on “The Doctors” on 2/17/14, and will have an article in People Magazine in the next week or so! Keep her in your thoughts and keep the card coming! (Her Facebook page is: “Hope and Love for Alexis”

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