Yesterday, when our very good friend and SITS Contributor, Jen from Buried with Children, sent me an e-mail with the subject, “A Post I Think Must Be Shared on SITS“, I immediately clicked over.
And what I read not only brought me to tears, but it also reminded me of why I love social media. Blogging is so much more than design, and SEO, and clicks, and numbers. At its very root, it is the art of sharing our stories and bringing people into our lives. In a single post, not only can I be humbled by another mother’s courage and strength, but I can also be moved to take action and do what I can to help.
Below is an excerpt from a recent post that Beth of Manic Mother Photography wrote in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
I can still recall with great clarity the moment we were told our son has cancer. I remember the nausea, the disbelief, the spinning room, my muffled screams. Surely, there must have been some sort of mistake.
My ignorance up until this point had been gloriously blissful. I never in a million years thought this would ever happen to our family.
But there was no mistake about it.
My son has been receiving chemotherapy for a little over two years now.
My son Ezra is the bravest, strongest, most vivacious little boy you ever will meet. My son has leukemia.
Our lives and our outlooks have changed over these last two years. The initial shock has worn off, but that doesn’t make it any easier. Certain parts, perhaps, but as a whole it has not gotten any less complex.
It never gets any easier to restrain my baby as people poke him with needles and prod him with machines.
It never gets any easier to watch him cry, or to listen to those heart wrenching screams of his.
It never gets any easier to look into his pleading eyes, and not be able to answer those pleas…
We urge you to click over to Beth’s blog and read this post in its entirety. Her words and images will not only give you an entirely new appreciation for the power of social media, but her post will also help you understand how to make a difference during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, even without spending a dime.