After years of excruciating pain, comic performer/writer JACKIE BEAT is finally getting a double hip replacement. Can you help?
Take a big-boned man-lady who has run around in high heels for over 20 years, add the fact that her mother drank like a fish and smoked like a chimney while pregnant with her, make it all take place right here in America instead of Canada and what do you get? A world-famous drag superstar with two hips that are crumbling like a sandcastle during high tide.
NEWS FLASH: There's no such thing as a Drag Queen union, and as a result, I have no medical insurance. After years of excruciating pain it's finally time for the DOUBLE hip replacement. Many years ago I was told that my right hip was "bone-on-bone" (no, that's NOT the latest Chi Chi LaRue DVD!) and the left was almost as bad. But I didn't have the money, the time or the courage to have the surgery and continued to dance like a monkey and sing like a bird, despite the pain. But the time has come when I can barely walk and this must happen NOW.
Beat's surgery is scheduled for Tuesday, March 12th. She's terrified, but this must be done. She realizes that this is NOT LIFE-THREATENING, but it has and continues to greatly effect and diminish her QUALITY OF LIFE.
So, if she ever given you a chuckle or made you crack a smile, please slip a little something into the brandy snifter here on mama's piano. (Okay, stop looking for a piano, that was merely a creative way of begging you to please give!) Every little bit helps. Is she embarrassed? Of course. Will that stop her from begging? Never.
Thank you so much and please feel free to share this!