What an amazing night at the CARES Foundation Gala. I have never been so moved, so connected and so touched by this community of people that, honestly, many of whom I’ve never met but I feel like we’ve been down the same roads together and know that they understand what I’ve been through.
I met Mothers and Fathers who know what I we have been through. Kids who know what my kids have gone through and doctors who know what I do everyday to keep my kids healthy.
My husband introduced me tonight on stage. When your husband introduces you in front of 200 people and you are left with no words before you go on stage to give your speech, you thank the universe for him and know that you are right where you belong.
I gave my speech which was taken directly from this blog. I added in a part about being a chosen parent. We are chosen parents who give everything of ourselves so our children will live the very best lives. We were chosen to be their parents because He knew that we were the best ones for this job.
Tonight my kids got to meet kids that share so much of what they go through with other kids that know the road too. I introduced Shelby to a little boy and said that he takes medicine too. She said she had just got her blood drawn and he said he had too. They need to know that as rare as this condition is, they are not alone and that they have us, family, friends, and the ENTIRE CARES community behind them.
There is no place else I’d rather be than with these people. They make me know that I am right where I belong,
Thank you to the CARES Foundation and to the entire community of people who gave, came or supported this foundation that has done so much for our family and the lives of others with CAH. It means more than you will ever know. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.