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I took a huge step this past week way past my comfort zone...I had the opportunity to do a speaking engagement on Friday for the first time for the March of Dimes. I went to the local macy store and shared my story to help promote the Shop for a cause. I was all sort of emotions before going. nervous because I was always the person that said give me a group of children over adults any day of the week...so speaking to a group of adults just a tad on the "scary" side. I also liked that I was getting the chance to talk about Scott and t the chance to acknowledge he was here and that I have two boys. To actually talk about him without first being asked a question that requires me to go into an explanation to talk about him. Like how many kids do you have? etc. ( I know what i want to say but forming my thoughts into words....so hopefully this makes sense?)
So the sharing went well but it was also emotionally draining which I expected and why I had my mom go with me. It stirred up a lot of feelings I hadn't felt in a long time and memories I had kinda put in the back of my brain. The March of Dimes is giving me a sense of purpose with what happened and a way to honor my little guy.
The March of Dimes has done something for my husband and I which is to give us a way to celebrate Scott and honor him. To see my husband actually get excited about something( our march of dimes team) which I hadn't seen in months since our son's death was good and the walk was the first time we actually got to feel joy over the birth of our son instead of sadness. it took months later but we finally got to feel it. We are already planning our team for this years walk and have come up with our fundraiser.( Have I mentioned I'm a bit of a planner?) We like that this is something we can do as a family and involve our oldest son plus our friends and other family members can be a part of it too.
I will always be grateful to my friend in the my MOM'S Club who introduced me to the MOD and started last year's walk in Scott's memory. The team was through my Mom's club and I am still amazed at how much money we raised just through donations. So my husband and I have a big goal to meet now that we are starting our own family team this year! But we're ready to meet the challenge.
I'm so glad that your talk went well, it definitely is emotionally draining but gets a little easier every time, at least for me it has. Though it kind of depends on exactly the things you talk about as far as how emotionally draining it is. I'm so glad that it's helping your hubby get excited about doing something in his memory! I'm sure that's an amazing feeling! Yay for new goals!
I am so very proud of you for doing something so amazing! Stacy is right. I think the first time is by far the most draining. As time goes on I have found that I actually look forward to telling my daughters story. Like you said it is a way for me to acknowledge that I have four girls and not just three. I can't wait to here what you guys have in store for next years walk. I am sure we will have a thread for March for Babies where everyone will be able to share there awesome walk ideas.
That's great!!! I know it's emotional to share the experiences that you've gone through, but it not only honors Scott, but it also allows others to see that these things that we're working for are very real. Such a great way to inspire others to get involved. I'm proud of you!!
I am so glad your speech went well. I was terrified the first time I had to speak at an event for the March of dimes! Im so glad that you all are finding ways to honor your Scott's life. many hugs to you!
How wonderful that you did this speaking engagement. Scott's story will no doubt affect so many!
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