We've done a few CMN events so far, and I have to say that I leave each event feeling more empowered than the last. I give our family's speech in front of the 100 or so people at said banquet, and I feel supported. I am becoming more and more comfortable sharing Madelyn's story. And, I am also seeing the good that comes from it. There is such a need for people with disabilities to be better understood, to be included, and to be supported in society. After each speech, I have had community members approach me thanking me for sharing our story, and more importantly, thanking me for the greater understanding that they now have. I can literally feel people's compassion and acceptance grow in that room.
Thank goodness I had had these positive CMN experiences as my foundation to public speaking. When a congressman asks you to speak at a press conference, you don't say no. :)
Below is the 23 minute, unedited press conference. I speak from 7:10-10:08 if you want to skip ahead.
I am so thankful for these opportunities, and I look forward to what is it to come. I'm confident that this won't be the last time I climb my platform and give Madelyn a voice.
Thank you for watching!