But we’re willing.
And it appears that’s almost as good.
Willing to tell our story and then simply showing up when we’re called. We’ve tried to make that our practice.
Recently we were asked to share about our son, Karson’s, battle with leukemia. How he is a survivor, and the amazing research being done that has helped make this our version of reality TV.
The camera man and reporter met us outside on a 90 degree day. I started to melt from the heat and could feel sweat rolling down my back before we even began the interview. My husband, Kraig, had driven straight from an appointment with our eye doctor where he’d had his pupils dilated. After being asked to remove his sunglasses for the filming, Kraig squinted his way through the next hour and we laughed at his expense. I got emotional about the topic as I answered the reporter’s questions with honesty and openness. This all made for a less than perfect shoot.
But that doesn’t really matter.
What matters is that we were able to share our story.
That maybe another family out there who is currently in the trenches, watching their child fight a serious illness, will see a glimmer of hope.
That maybe some more attention will be given to pediatric cancer research.
That maybe someone will feel a little less alone in their struggle.
That maybe gratitude will trump the pain.
That maybe this will be the boost someone else needs to share their own story.
That maybe willingness and showing up is even better than perfection and glamour, after all.
Here’s the link to the news story: