Wow! What a big week I’ve had! Magazine appearances, a TV interview, No Limits filming and my real job. I am exhausted! And honoured.
I have been featured in New Idea magazine in Australia, and Pick Me Up magazine in the UK. I also did a radio interview on 3CR about disability in the media.
I want to thank everyone who has taken the time to read the New Idea article I featured in, especially those who have contacted me with their wishes. The response has been amazing! Nothing like I anticipated. I was portrayed so positively. I didn’t write the article but my personality did shine through.
I received calls, texts, emails, tweets, Facebook comments and praise from people face to face. My parents are so proud.
Strangers have written to me to thank me for raising awareness about ichthyosis. Some of these strangers have ichthyosis too – I have helped them. People I haven’t heard from in years have written to me, congratulating me. Others I know have told me they just didn’t realise the severity of ichthyosis. Famous people have written to me. Like super blogger Kerri Sackville: “YES! Keep meaning to tell you, I was pointing in the hairdresser’s yesterday – I know her! (virtually). I know her!!!! FAB article. You GO girl! xxx” And singer Genevieve Maynard wrote some kind words via email and Twitter.
Comments touched me:
“You are so amazing. That is all.”
“Great photos Carly superstar! you look fantastic!”
“Your an inspiration to everyone out there Carly , thanks for being u:) ps loved the article and so did our little boy who decided to eat it! Hehe…. Well done”
“I’m proud to be able to call Carly my friend. She might be brave, inspiring and confident but she’s also caring, funny & honorable. I’m proud of you Carly! I’m REALLY proud of you Carly. Not only have you excelled in your career but you’ve exelled at life (AND not just because in the article it said that the doctors warned your parents you may not survive). And I hope you are told that every day, that what you have… Is special and you DO have the power to change peoples minds and perceptions. “
“I saw you. I read about you. I showed everyone at work your article.”
And comments made me laugh:
“Great article, Carly. My 2 year old son was kissing your photo last night.”
“I blame you for the fact that I now have an interest in the Royal Wedding in Monaco & Daniel Radcliffes booze consumption, but seriously congrats on landing a great piece of stereotype busting & awareness raising (paint pallette lol). A win +++++ I wanted to avoid any misunderstandings so went in Sarah Leonardi’s wedding outfit while awkwardly clutching a giant white carnation. Meant I could say “”just checking how the cover shoot turned out boys”.”
There have been hundreds more comments. Wow.
I also received this comment:
“Your new idea article is lovely Carly 🙂
… but I read your untouched blog post and it made me all teary. I have to be honest, I much prefer to read your writing! I think you should consider writing an autobiography. and then when you start a changing faces in Australia you can write part 2 🙂 you are much more than a new idea story of the week!”