We’ve talked about how everyone has a story and how important it is to share it. But, why? Why share? Because someone out there stands to benefit from your story. Someone out there is struggling and needs to know that you struggled, too, but you made it to the other side and are a survivor. There are people going through very similar things that you’ve just gone through, so why not share in an effort to provide hope?
It’s no secret with the “female issues” I struggled with. I was reminded of them when I was re-reading some entries from last year’s 31 Day Challenge. My emotions were so strong back then, and rightly so. I was really going through a lot with not only what was happening with my body but with fighting the insurance company as well. Fast forward a year, and a lady came to me in tears asking for my help. She started having some “female issues” of her own and was desperate to speak to me to learn what all I went through, how it helped, what doctor I used for the surgery and procedures, etc. Thankfully, my employer is very understanding, and we were allowed to sit in the kitchen at my workplace and talk for about an hour and a half. Her face showed her worry and concern, and at different points in our conversation she began to cry. I comforted and reassured her as best I could. She seemed a bit better after I shared my experience and gave her hope that her situation wasn’t as grim as she once thought.
Whatever happened with this lady?
Well, she’s facing surgery tomorrow. Yet, she isn’t as wracked with fear at this point. She’s nervous, yes, but she’s better in knowing what I went through and how her situation isn’t quite as bad in some respects. But she’s reassured that I’m walking around almost as good as new now, and she has hope that she will be, too!
And that, my friends, is why you should share your story … someone out there NEEDS you to do so!