This week has been filled with so many ups and downs that I am glad I was able to take most of the day off to spend with the kids. With my position at the Heart and Stroke Foundation, one of the things I do is help schools run Jump Rope for Heart. Doing their kick-off presentations has always been one of the most enjoyable parts of my job. I love seeing the kids get excited about the program but also having the opportunity to share my connection to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. William is the reason that I took this position and I feel blessed to be able to share my story and to connect with many people who have gone through similar or more difficult situations.
Since getting William’s surgery date I have found it more challenging to present to the schools. I was literally sitting in the car taking deep breaths and saying you can do this to myself. I felt so proud that I had made it through the presentation without crying. I never thought that I would find it so hard.
This week the presentations have been easier but the emotions are still there and I feel so blessed to have all the support from the wonderful schools that I get to work with. Yesterday I presented at St. Brieux School and I was quite nervous as I was having an emotional day. I took my time and went over things slowly. Once I told the children about how William had asked if fixing the hole in his heart was like fixing a tire and the kids all smiled or giggled it helped. I could tell they were connecting as well. After the presentation was done the students of the skipping team presented me with this beautiful card for William. They had known that their presentation was moved up because we had a surgery date. Inside the card it says things like:
“Good Luck, Be Strong”
“Hope you feel better soon”
“We all hope you get better”
“Hope your surgery goes well”
It meant a lot to me that they did this for William. After the other students left the gym they were able to ask me questions and I was happy to connect with them more.
My emotions have been all over the map because I have been feeling so blessed by all the love and support people have shown us this week but have also seen the impact and support that we can provide to other people going through what we are. Sometimes I feel undeserving of all the support and often think that there are people that could use this support more. There have been people that I don’t even know, or know that well offering to help. There have been friends that I never get enough time to spend with and family that have supported in more ways than I think they understand. I feel truly blessed to have all the support and love we are receiving. Right now things are so busy but I want everyone to know that all the conversations, texts, well wishes, financial and emotional support have meant so much to me. Your support inspires me to continue to share our journey and to pay it forward. Thank-you from the bottom of my heart! ❤️