Through this course I not only learned a lot about social media communication and storytelling, but I learned a heck of a lot about myself. I’ve always been interested in blogging and telling my story but something always held me back. It was written in the last lesson exactly why I do hesitate: my fear of looking foolish. It felt like that last lesson was written just for me (thank you, Nelly!). I realized a long time ago that I do have a story to tell but have wondered if I was good enough at telling it to be successful. Last thing I want to do is to share these stories that are so close to my heart only for them to be laughed at or even disagreed with. I see now that looking foolish is often part of the process, and I need to gain the confidence to tell my story authentically and be able to bounce back from any negativity. I may not come immediately but I think it will come eventually.
I think many of my stories will be ones that people can connect to. As mentioned before, a lot of them would be about our pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) experience and life at the amazing Toronto Ronald McDonald House. I have a responsibility to bring awareness to Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernias (CDH) as there is so little funding for a not-so-rare birth defect. Even this school blog is hopefully getting a few of you googling CDH and helping me meet my objective. No matter what I want to do in the future with social media, I know I can link these stories to anything I do. Why? Because it’s who I am! For better or for worse, it’s who I am now 🙂