Updated: Jan 21, 2019
This journey has force me out of my comfort zone in many ways. I am definitely not an open book type of person, especially when it comes to my children. I am most comforted with a select group of close friends/family who know me best. I met a friend at a local coffee shop to solicit advice on evolving Closer to the Cure into a more helpful resource, future fundraising efforts and my reservations around being too transparent about this journey. Thinking who am I to tell my sons story, sharing every single detail-I didn't feel like it was fair. I knew the reasons for wanted to start the fund and site was coming from a good place, I just didn't know how.
She replying with a seemingly obvious and simple viewpoint. The story isn't his, it is yours. You are trying to help moms, parents like yourself to not feel so alone. Tell your story, write that book. If you believe in ahhh haaa moments--this was one. I got it, I was ok with it and I was going to start 2019 telling MY story in hopes of helping in some way. Telling the story through a moms (a parents) set of eyes.
The cancer journey of your child is a lesson I wish for no one, but is a lesson that teaches you many things you would otherwise never think about. It throws you into a "club" that no one ever chooses to be part of-but opens your eyes to a community of the kindest, most empathetic, selfless people in the world.
So for 2019 I will begin telling my story with a more open book in HOPE to bring someone anyone comfort that they are not alone in this journey!