I understand that many you you do not understand why I am taking this trip. I understand many of you are angry, many frustrated and disappointed. I understand that this disrupts your lives and your kids' lives. I understand that you do not like the unexpected, sudden nature of this trip which forces me to 'close shop' for awhile and also leave some schools 'stranded'.
But...there is more to this trip than I can publicly talk about. There are reasons I have to go that I cannot discuss. It would not be fair to Anya or to Nastia. But can some of you please put yourselves in my shoes for one minute? Please, consider for a moment:
Would I give up literally thousands of dollars in salary if it were not imperative that I go? Would I risk losing several long-term school jobs that I have relied on for years, if it were not imperative that I go? Would I risk my worsening health if it were not the last resort? Would I choose to spend thousands of dollars to fly to one of the most remote spots in the world, where I know all of two people, where the weather is hell on earth, where I have no means of making money, where I must struggle on a daily basis to be understood? Would I do this if I did not HAVE to?
I do this because I must.
I do this because no one else is going to do it for me.
I do this because I am literally trying to save a life.
No offense, but if you are one of those people upset about my going, and upset about my current inability to meet with you and discuss whatever is on your agenda... or 'concerned' that I can't fulfill my work obligations right now...all I can tell you is, TOO BAD.
I'm done trying to please everyone this week. I'm just done. My priority is getting my daughter and me to Siberia and, once there, caring for my other daughter and showing her, in every way I can, that she is not forgotten.
If you can't understand or support this, then