Ask Liz Anything!

By Elizabeth, age 20, Pennsylvania

I would like to start off with a special thanks to Stephanie Lynn, for giving me the opportunity to write for Sweet Designs Magazine. My name is Elizabeth. I'm a 20 year old full-time student at Lehigh Carbon Community College, majoring in the Registered Nursing program, and hopefully becoming a successful Orthopedic Nurse Practitioner for The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. I consider myself to be a smart, strong, funny, independent, hard worker, and a great listener.

I'm going to be writing for the magazine, answering advice questions from teens in a column called "Ask Liz Anything". But first, a little about me.*

I'm an active staff member of Fashion on a Limb. FOAL is a not-for-profit organization comprised of both amputee and non-amputee professional women from around the country whose primary goal is simple: to bridge the gap between the fashion industry and the products they design and the disabled. "Clothing and Shoes Designed with Disabled Women in Mind" is their slogan. The need is great, overwhelming, and long overdue. Just ask any disabled woman. Something as simple as a tweak here or tuck there to a pair of pants or shoes can make all the difference in the world of Lisa Goshon, FOAL's founder. When it comes to fashion, the real question is: Do amputees have a voice?

Let's raise the level of awareness by becoming one big voice. When we unite, we have the power to demand change. This means encouraging fashion industry leaders to take a more inclusive approach when it comes to fashion and the disabled.

It's Easy to Join!
1. Go to the website
2. Sign up - remember, if you don't register, your legs don't count!
3. Commit to wearing hosiery, leggings, or socks for 1 day.

I became an amputee at the age of 13 due to a cancerous tumor called osteosarcoma. I had a couple surgeries for a knee replacement, but it only lasted five years, which was the beginning of college for me. The pain was intolerable, so I made the decision to have my leg amputated in order for me to live an enjoyable and almost painless life. To tell you the truth, I'm so glad I made that decision. Don't get me wrong - I do at times picture myself not having had the surgery and how I would have turned out. Thankfully, I don't regret having it done. If you are interested in reading my whole story, it's in this issue, and a different version is on the site

As I mentioned, I'm going to be writing for SDM, answering advice questions in a column called "Ask Liz Anything". I'd like to start this off by mentioning that your identity is strictly in confidence between you, me, and editor Stephanie Lynn. Only your first name and age will be used if your question is posted in Sweet Designs Magazine, unless you request that your first name not be used. If you don't wish to have something you write to me posted in the magazine, just let me know, and your message will be strictly confidential between you and me. So you've come to a safe place!

These are some categories that I can be a REALLY HELPFUL with:

* Depression
* Anxiety
* Self-mutilation
* College advice
* Peer pressure
* Boyfriend/girlfriend problems
* Friend betrayal
* Drinking/drug problems or advice
* Cancer
* Being an amputee survivor
* Looking for a scholarship

In helping you, I'll:

* Give nothing but positive advice
* Include info on getting help in your area (if needed)
* Provide helpful info on sites, and/or people who can help
* Make sure that whatever you say is strictly in confidence, if you request.
* First name and age posted only; your name changed or withheld if you request.

It takes time to open up, but trust me, once you do, it's worth it. I'll try to write back within 24 - 48 hours. Thanks, and take care.


* For more about me and about FOAL, read my article "The Undiscovered Truth about Fashion" in this month's issue.

Editor's Note: To reach Elizabeth with an advice question or comment, please use the response form below or the form found in the Sweet Advice section of the magazine, adding the tag line "Ask Liz Anything" to ensure it's directed to Liz.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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