Mrs Maine (2006 & 2011)
Mrs Maine International 2011
As Mrs Maine 2006 and Mrs Maine 2011, Elizabeth dedicated much of her time to children's literacy, stroke awareness and food allergy awareness. Elizabeth represented Maine in the Mrs International Pageant live in Chicago in July 2011. Elizabeth's platform was Let MedicAlert Speak for You with MedicAlert Foundation. Elizabeth was awarded the Go Red for Women award at the national pageant.
Elizabeth lives her daily life with allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish. In 1998, she nearly lost her life due to an allergic reaction to almonds. In 1999, she had a second near-fatal allergic reaction while pregnant with her third son and was hospitalized for more than a week in Minnesota. With Brian Hom, she co-founded the Food Allergy Zone to find a cure and the cause of food allergies and is a spokesperson for FAACT - Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team.
Mrs Maine United States 2006
Being Mrs. Maine was dedicated to my parents Carolyn and James F. Hamilton. On December 17, 2004, just about 3 short months after me, my husband and four children moved to Maine from California, my dad collapsed in his home in Minnesota. My brother Shane saved his life by calling 911. He had a stroke. He was then overdosed on coumadin. He was given 15mg instead of 1.5 and he had a massive hemmorage at the stroke site. He had numerous brain surgeries, which were followed by a coma for quite some time. Then suddenly he decided, we guess, he was going to live and he came back to life. We spent quite some time at the Sister Kenny facility in Minneapolis helping him recover. He is not feeling the best he has ever felt these days, but he is alive and as well as can be expected. He has full memory and speech, but lack vision, coordination and has terrible diabetes. More about my year as Mrs Maine 2006 is here: http://mrsmaineus.blogspot.com/