In June 2015 I attended the BritMums Live conference for parenting bloggers. I have been many times to the event, and have transitioned from nervous new blogger to being relaxed and excited to catch up with friends and discover new brands. I have spoken at the event in previous years, and gained valuable experience in public-speaking. I have even read a blogger keynote speech before – a funny one that gave me the satisfaction of a few audience laughs.
This year though, I was brave. This year I spoke out about what it means to suffer a life-changing event in your family, after my beautiful, perfect daughter, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, a condition which makes her life less than perfect forever. I spoke about the grief, the distress, and the unfairness of it all. For those are valid emotions. But I also spoke about the positives that we have found as a family by living through the despair. I wobbled a fair bit, but I held it together and did my kids – and myself – justice.
So I am not a fundraiser. But I think I can speak well. I have some social media presence. I am smart, motivated, and articulate. I’m good with words, and with people. And I’ve been on the biggest learning curve of my life in the last twelve months. I know my stuff. My role will be as an advocate; I will raise awareness, and educate. That is how I will contribute to the enormous need of the relevant charities to fund and further life-saving research.