How do even begin to explain an Event Like Share Union. Thursday I flew out from my warm home of Daytona Beach to the cold windy city of Chicago. Its always difficult to step out of the comfort of your own home and head to a new city that you have never been before. But I knew from past experiences at other ShareUnions, that I could not miss it. I arrived late Thursday Night and was greeted by the most amazing hugs. Again as year prior, I knew I was right where I needed to be.
Getting to reconnect with old friends and meet new ones was the highlight of Friday night! I enjoyed hearing everyone sharing their stories and love how easily we all just connected. Saturday was amazing From Dr Ober's session, to hearing Deanna Fei speak, to David Rose. I love all the old pictures and history he had to share. I really think I could have listened to him all day. As always, I was moved by Dr. Scott Berns, I love hearing about his new role at NICHQ and of course hearing about Sam. He truly is an amazing man and Sam stole my heart years ago.
The Loss session was the biggest one I think I have ever attended. To see some of those parents just starting out on this journey took me back. I wanted to get up and just hug every single one as they spoke. I still remember the first few weeks, months, and year after saying goodbye and how hard it was. Hearing the fathers speak was an amazing insight to how they too struggle with loss.
The remembrance Ceremony.... No Words can do it justice. Such a beautiful Tribute to all our kiddos. Thank you Tracey and JJ for doing such a beautiful job on the video. I don't think I can say thank you enough. There was one slide at the end that took my breath away. I wasn't expecting it. Maybe it was the wording Tracey chose to use. I have never had anyone refer to the boys as Trinity's Brothers. Trinity has always been their sister, if acknowledged at all. It may seem silly but seeing the words Trinity's Brothers just melted my heart. Thank you Tracey from the bottom of my heart for that moment.
Sunday is always hard. You wake up knowing that at the end of the day its over and you have to say goodbye to all your friends new and old. But we started the Day out with a session that included the National Ambassador Family and I always love to hear Elise speak. We crafted our elevator stories and then got the chance to once again hear the amazing Kevin Bracy. Hearing him speak is always a gift. He has a way of grabbing your attention and leave you hanging on every word.
ShareUnion is about so much more than I can even begin described through a few taps on a keyboard. The feeling is like nothing I had ever know until I attended my first ShareUnion. There is love, hugs, tears, laughter, more tears, a lot more laughter, and healing. I am thankful for the March Of Dimes for allowing this event. I am thankful for James, Libby, Jami, Karri & the rest of the LC that put so much time and heart into the event. I am thankful for the hands that held mine when the tears flowed, for those who hugged me just when I needed it the most. I am thankful for reconnecting with old friends and all the new ones I've made. I love you and can not wait to hug you all again next year.
I am so glad you loved it so much! I love you. Each time I see you I get to know you more. You are Trinity's gift to me.
I love you Sam. I'm so glad I got to hug you and everyone there. It was definitely a healing weekend and yes I agree, having some dads present definitely gave a different insight as to what they go through too. I sooooo can't wait till next year.
That pic is so precious! I'm so glad that I got to see and chat with you at SU! Wasn't that loss group something? it was the biggest circle of love and understanding that I had ever been a part of and nice to hear from the men too. Thank you for all that you do for Share and I can't wait to see you next year! Love you, miss you and everyone already!
Love it. Share Union was amazing. I am so glad we met and connected. Your words left a last imprint on my heart. Cant wait for next year.
It was great meeting you at Share Union! That is a wonderful picture and I agree, it is fantastic to hear siblings be referred to as the lost one brothers or sisters. Glad there was such a beautiful tribute to everyone!
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