Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Bayer's Love is Like Bad Medicine

Today was the big day; I read my speech at the Bayer Annual Stockholders meeting. And it was one heck of a day!

Many of you know me and how humble I am; you also know how fearless I am. I kid you not when I say I pale in comparison to some of the ladies I met today who are also Bayer Survivors. I can't seem to forget them.

The one who won't leave my thoughts is Felicity. At the age of 26, she was dead for 20 minutes because of a cardiac issue brought on by a Bayer product. As we were speaking, it was truly like looking into a mirror. Here is someone else, who like me, chose a product for only birth control, just birth control. She didn't buy a life time of health issues, or complications or even wake up one day saying I'm going to fight. She is just like me- right down to the fact she can look at a calendar and know that there is a day on that calendar that should be on her grave stone. She said it's changed me forever, and I can completely empathize with every word she said. She, like so many I met today, is one of us.

We aren't the victims anymore; we are the survivors; the thrivers and the fighters. We weren't born for this, but this became our reality.

As many of you know, two weeks ago, I learned I had to speak in German. Yes, two weeks ago. I came prepared to speak in English and German. I sat in the audience and watched at Bayer had their security staff escort a women from the room who wasn't able to give her remarks in German. I was stunned. I guess Bayer has not heard of the 'global economy.' Anyway, I openned my speech with a statement in English, and the rest was in German. I know they were not expecting a blonde from Miami with a Latin last name to speak German, but I did and I'll do it again.


  1. What a milestone! Congrats to you that you had the courage to put yourself out there to represent yourself and so many other women who are injured by this product, or who have died from it (including Felicity!) Way to go Michelle, and thank you again for all you do!! xoxo Krista

  2. Did you mean German there at the end?