From our Founder

Aaron Leigh Horton/The Mesh Warrior

 

 

Like many of you, I am many things to many people.

I am a wife; a mother to one angel baby; two step-kids & three fur babies; a daughter; a sister; an aunt; a grand-daughter; a god-daughter; and a friend. When Mesh came into my life, I faltered and failed in a lot of those roles. But as the daughter of a mesh-injured woman, I’m learning how to do things a bit differently now, and I’m gaining a new set of skills to be part of my mother’s and my family’s recovery. If you are mesh injured and find your that most treasured relationships just don’t work like they used to, you’re not alone.

There are many who can help. I’m just one of them.

Most importantly, I am a PATIENT ADVOCATE, for those injured by transvaginal mesh and for others who've been preventably harmed by our failing healthcare system. 

But, I was also a waitress once. And then a few more times after that.

Another time I was a “Senior Account Supervisor.” Sounds mildly important, but not too threatening, huh?

Once I worked in a gift shop. I cleaned a lot of glass shelves.

I have been a food judge for the State Fair of Texas for going on 6 years now. I recently got promoted from Candies/Truffles to One-Pot Meals. I’m pretty stoked.

I was a Marathoner. Once. No really, like I ran one marathon. I have the shirt to prove it!

Love all types of animals, and I am one who unabashedly travels great distances with a piece of luggage containing a well-dressed, 15-pound “Porkie.” For car rides, my German Shepherd-Chow mix, Gabby, as well as sister, Juniper, the American Redbone Coonhound come along. The Chow mix is way more civilized and well behaved than the decked-out Yorkie or the purebred and rare Coonhound. They like to hike and camp with my husband and me.

Currently, I beg daily for household approval from our "Pack of 5," for a tiny pig. No “yes” from the husband on that one . . . yet, and the rest of the pack thinks "tiny pig" means "toy" or "snack." The Pack is not listening, and currently, I am out numbered!

Though life goes on, my greatest desire is to be of service as a patient advocate; to educate my community and yours; and hopefully, to be part of the reason that our collective voices will be loud enough to change healthcare so that patients are put before profits, and that patient outcomes - as defined by an improved quality of life - becomes the norm, not the exception. 

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  • commented 2015-07-23 17:26:59 -0500
    Thanks for commenting Janis! Women’s lives DO matter and that is why we’re here – to educate, advocate and build community so that no one struggles alone. Women are the center of our society’s social structure. Damaging them is the worst betrayal for all women and families! We’ve got to unite, work together, and get this mesh monster off the market even while we serve those who’ve been injured already. Thanks for being part of it all!
  • commented 2015-07-14 10:01:30 -0500
    Traci Rizzo, your comment is so profound. TMWF serves the mesh injured AND their families because to harm a mother or grandmother is the ULTIMATE betrayal of the entire AMERICAN FAMILY unit. How are we to carry on when our most precious loved ones, the center of our social structure in society is writhing in pain and unable to find medical care, compassion or compensation?!
  • commented 2015-07-14 09:59:05 -0500
    Janis Urban, I agree! That is why the foundation exists! The use of mesh was and still is an enormous betrayal!
  • commented 2015-07-01 21:53:52 -0500
    Women’s lives matter. The failure to protect women from these toxic, untested defective mesh devices is a betrayal so enormous one might think it was a best selling novel. But it is real. Women were played, conned, and many were not informed or had any knowledge to what was being implanted in them. The adverse effects of mesh are horrific,the severe debilitating pain they suffer with 24/7 is only part of meshes evil ways and leads to chronic illnesses, broken body parts, organs, nerves that are damaged forever. Mesh has ruined their lives and they are being neglected. Why? Graft and Greed. I know this to be true for I am a mesh injured women and the deceit and denials need to stop. It’s time to help theses women who are the Keepers of this world we live in. Our lives matter!!!
  • commented 2015-07-01 21:53:51 -0500
    Women’s lives matter. The failure to protect women from these toxic, untested defective mesh devices is a betrayal so enormous one might think it was a best selling novel. But it is real. Women were played, conned, and many were not informed or had any knowledge to what was being implanted in them. The adverse effects of mesh are horrific,the severe debilitating pain they suffer with 24/7 is only part of meshes evil ways and leads to chronic illnesses, broken body parts, organs, nerves that are damaged forever. Mesh has ruined their lives and they are being neglected. Why? Graft and Greed. I know this to be true for I am a mesh injured women and the deceit and denials need to stop. It’s time to help theses women who are the Keepers of this world we live in. Our lives matter!!!
  • commented 2015-06-18 12:39:55 -0500
    These kits have ruined many lives. It’s extremely upsetting to see what corporate America will do to women the very people that gave them life !!
  • commented 2014-09-11 22:29:59 -0500
    Will do, Teresa Jones! Thanks for commenting!

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