Stories are powerful things. When you tell your story you can change a mind, open a heart, save a life. And still, it can be so hard to speak our truths, to tell our stories.
Last year I went to the very first Warrior Mom Conference and it changed my life. Although the speakers were wonderful and the facts we learned were powerful, it was the stories that stuck with me. Hearing the stories of the hundred other mothers in that room I could no longer feel alone. It was impossible to feel like my illness was my fault, because if it was my fault then it also had to be Katherine’s fault and Raivon’s fault and Divya’s fault and Lisa’s fault.
This year I am honored and excited to be speaking at WMC2016. My panel is called The Power of Storytelling and I cannot wait for this discussion. I truly believe that each of us has the power to reach someone else. We can offer them what I call the magic words: Me Too. When you tell your story – whether it’s a funny story about something the kids did, a tragic story about lost love, or a hard story about making it through dark times you are expanding on that ‘me too’.
Lately I’ve been really raw and honest on my Facebook page about my struggles weaning the Little Miss and our battles with exhaustion since she has decided that sleep is for the weak. Each and every time I tell my truth I get nervous. I pause before I hit that ‘post’ button wondering if I’m sharing too much, if I’m being too real. Each and every time I do it anyway. Then the comments come in, and the private messages, and the emails – all from moms who thought it was just them or that something was wrong with them. They thank me for sharing my story, struggles, laughter, sore boobs and all. They say that it helps to know that someone else out there is trying and failing and trying again. They say they are grateful for the moments of connection we find online when we open up and share honestly.
You know what I say to that?
ps. If you want to start a blog to tell your story THIS is a good place to start!
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