Posted by: Janet Hughes | December 30, 2008

Janet’s Top Posts 2008

Photo Jan and Muffin magenta“A happy New Year! Grant that I

May bring no tear to any eye

When this New Year in time shall end

Let it be said I’ve played the friend,

Have lived and loved and labored here,

And made of it a happy year.”  —Edgar Guest

18 posts, 163 great comments, almost 5,000 visits, AND a new puppy!  It’s been a great year blogging. Thank you for your friendship and for launching Janet’s Journal into success.  Sharing eye-opening news with you has been rewarding and lots of fun!

Here are my top posts in 2008. As always, your comments are welcomed. Enjoy… or for a second helping, enjoy again!

159_202Janet goes to North Dakota! March 18, 2008
Welcome to Janet’s Journal! North Dakota Optometric Association inspired my first post about my trip as their guest speaker. Also includes the ABC’s of luggage care!
 
 
website-photo-amy-and-mommy-in-2001Vision First has a great form for eye exams. No Excuses. April 18, 2008
Every parent, school, and eye doctor can freely use the Vision First form for eye exams.  This post holds the number one spot for most reads total.
 
 
j0162959Nanny state mandate? No way! August 20, 2008
The Chicago Tribune was in the dark about Illinois’ new eye exam law…until I turned the light on! This is my favorite post!
 
 
website-photo-floyd-woods-07We will miss you, Dr. Woods August 25, 2008This was the hardest post for me to write. Our dear friend and loyal supporter passed away peacefully in his sleep after a long battle with cancer during the morning of August 25, 2008.  Floyd Woods is deeply missed. Janet’s Journal had the most hits for two days straight thanks to all who loved Dr. Woods so much.
 
 
website-photo-julie-no-glasses-at-poolVision First form upgrades children’s eye care Oct. 12, 2008
Includes the top ten benefits of using the Vision First form AND great comments from our first petition.  UPDATE:  We have a second petition in need of signatures.  Hope you’ll sign “Urge Illinois to accept Vision First form” here.
 

j0309567 Trick or treat? Dispelling myths in eye care. October 31, 2008
Ghosts and goblins inspired these ten eye care myths dispelled in the Halloween spirit. Shared this post on Care2 News Network and it made the front page in two hours!

website-photo-barack-obama-104CHANGE We Need in Eye Care November 6, 2008Another post that made the front page at Care2 News Network. November 4, 2008 proved democracy is alive and that America IS a place where all things are possible.  May real changes in children’s eye care become a reality.

website-photo-thanksgiving06_thumbFeast for Your Eyes November 26, 2008My gratitude list of all the good at Vision First Foundation is here.  Includes links to every page on the Vision First website. FYI: “What’s New” has the latest info!  This post also made the front page at Care2 News Network (C2NN) thanks to my wonderful Care2 friends!


website-photo-mark-and-santa-claus3Santa Joins Campaign! December 3, 2008
Anyone who wants the best for children’s eyes can join the Kids Eyes Count Campaign…even Santa Claus! Ho ho ho… If  Santa joined, I hope you will, too! It’s simple, easy, and free.  Join here today. Please note your email address will not be shared or sold. This post also made the front page at C2NN. Wow…my friends are great!

Thank you, again, for all your help and support with Vision First.

God bless you in 2009 with health, happiness, and success!

“Act as if what you do makes a difference.  It does.”   —William James

Be informed! Receive updates and important information. Join our email list here.

Help us get our Vision First form accepted by Illinois.  Sign our on-line petition here.

Photo no drink is worth itP.S.  I’m also an advocate to stop drunk driving.

When you celebrate the new year, please remember…
don’t drink and drive.

You are worth it!

 

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Responses

  1. Great job blogging Janet. Your effort to raise eye awareness for children is really making a difference.

    Keep up the great work and Happy New Year!

    Mark

  2. Congratulations, Janet Hughes, on making a difference and a great year.

    Now go get ‘em again in 2009.

    Happy Healthy New Year to you and yours.

    -Irving

  3. Janet great job you are doing God bless you for you efforts. Many children will be blessed. Michael

  4. You are a WONDER WOMAN, Janet. A lesser person without your tenacity to hold on when things went wrong, would not have succeeded as you have. I wish I were more like you and able to carry on in adversity. CONGRATULATIONS, JANET!

  5. Without the slightest doubt Rachael and Janet will indded “ERADICATE AMBLOPIA” the most treatable blindness in the world when it is detected during the earlly childhood development years of life and will allow all precious bundles of joy to continue on developing the god given gift of ‘BINOCULAR VISION” which adds depth to life.Orthoptic patch therapy can and definitelly does preserve sight and prevents blindness . God bless Janet and Rachael and keep them safe and healthy during the coming year as we learn that nothing is impossible and our mission in life will not only give us great self satisfaction but make a large difference in the lives of the children that will be blesses as a result of our efforts .

  6. Janet,
    Because of your work, you’re making consistent strides in improving the vision care of America’s children.

    Keep up the great work because there are still many more things that can be done to improve the lives of our most precious resource.
    Tom Poswilko

  7. HAPPY NEW YEAR, JANET, TO YOU AND ALL IN THE VISION FIRST FOUNDATION.

    YOU SURE HAVE MADE 2008 A GREAT YEAR TOWARDS THE FUTURE WHEN WE WILL SEE THE CHILDREN OF THE WORLD BEING THE BEST THEY COULD POSSIBLY BE WITH THE BEST EYE HEALTH AND THE BEST POSSIBLE VISION, USING TWO EYES.

    IN 2009 WE, WITH YOUR LEADERSHIP, WILL PROCEED TO ELIMINATE THE STONE AGE METHOD STILL GOING ON OF PASSING CHILDREN ON ACUITY ONLY, AND WORSE STILL, WHERE THERE IS NO CHECKING OF CHILDREN’S VISION, PRIMITIVELY, LET ALONE PROFESSIONALLY.

    HOPE MANY WILL SEE YOUR LIST OF BLOGS FOR 2008. I KNOW 2009 WILL EVEN TOP IT.

    GREAT REGARDS,
    DR. MIZENER

  8. Janet, may God continue to bless you in 2009 as you have blessed not only optometry but humanity in 2008. The recap of 2008 was great. Let me know how Plano Child Development Center can work with you in spreading vision education awareness and service for the misdiagnosed and undiagnosed children in our country, since this is part of our mission.
    Dr. Stephanie

  9. Great point, that kids have to see to learn in school or be assisted in appropriate ways, if they can not see or see well.

    Next kids need parents. Not day care, not tutors, not substitute teens to help them, they need their parents-BOTH OF THEM. We identify with our parents and if they read to us and interact with us ON the CHILD’s level, a child learns they are important and feel understood and respected. The child then can act this way with others, but this influence and role model from the parent must be consistent, daily, and sincere.

    The way children “see” the world is through the lens of how they are seen and loved.

    Be there for them and they will learn to be themselves and make this a better world as their parents did for them.


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