I did it!!!
It went great. As an advocate for the Crohns/Colitis Foundation, myself and 4 others were asked to testify before a committee of Michigan Senators to persuade them to pass the IBD BILL 5046. If passed, this bill will allow crohn's/colitis sufferers earier access to public restrooms. The bill has been passed in Illinois and a few other states, pending in 12 states and Michigan is considering the bill. It was to my surprise that anyone would object to it; but the chamber of commerce as well as another organization does not want it passed due to the fear that it will costs business owners to spend money putting in public restrooms in their place of business. We're not asking that they do that. All we're asking is that they let us have access to their 'employees only' restroom if they don't want to add another restroom.
The testimonies were all very good; I got a bit emotional talking about my experience and began crying but they were patient with me. A couple of other testimonials were quite tearful as well.
I think we were very well received by the senators.
However, the oppossers did not show up and instead, sent a letter. I guess they were not brave enough to see us face-to-face to tell us what their objections were.
In any event, the next step is something I'm asking from all of you in the states. Please contact your legislation or senators and request that they pass IBD Bill 5046.
Thanks to you all and have a blessed evening.