Overwhelmed. That is how I felt. Overwhelmed with Joy. Saturday we participated in our THIRD annual Buddy Walk. This is a national event that raises awareness about Down syndrome. In our area it is a day in the park, with a "ceramony" walk at the end of the day.
I remember back in June of 2010, Kamryn was 18 months old and I had heard our county was going to hold their first annual Buddy Walk. I had just started to accept her diagnosis and feel comfortable with it (yes, at 18 months)! However, I wasn't sure I was that comfortable...to "celebrate" with groups of people. I was anxious and wasn't confident that I wouldn't break down. In my circle of family and friends, I was feeling good. My bubble felt safe, but to venture out with the world. That felt slightly daunting.
We went the first year in 2010. I emailed a few friends and made some
T shirts. I wasn't sure how I would react, feel or if I would be able
to hold myself together. The morning of I wanted Diondray to drive the
highway in the opposite direction. BUT, we went and I was overwhelmed.
About 35 of our friends and family came and I was overwhelmed, with joy.
This year was no exception! We have a KREW of family and friends
who have decided it is just as important to them, as it is to us, to
advocate and spreed awareness about Down syndrome. Several frineds and
family could not make it this year, but new ones did! And once again, I
found myself overwhelmed with joy. The tears that moistened my
eyes on Saturday were tears of JOY.
Kamryn's KREW, you are ROCK STARS! We feel like the luckiest family in the world to have and be loved by the most amazing people!
I'm simply overwhelmed. MY CUP RUNNETH OVER!