Well the telethon is over and it was overwhelming to say the least. And this was just a pre-taped segment - I can't imagine what it would have been like to be there live!
First of all the telethon raised almost $6 million!! Amazing or what! Thank you to everyone who pledged. And on a personal note, thank you so so much to everyone who watched the telethon and then texted (my phone blew up after each time it aired) and sent wonderfully supportive and loving Facebook and email messages. After putting ourselves out there in such a vulnerable way, we really and truly appreciate you returning the love. I can't tell you how much your kind words meant over the weekend.
Much more so than I had imagined ahead of time, it was incredibly emotional and overwhelming to watch, especially for Asher. Seeing me crying while talking about him, and all of the focus on him instead of all three of them together, was confusing for him. But we talked it all through afterwards and reminded him of just how amazing he is and how brave he is for not only all he has been through, but how strong and inspiring he is every day.
All of that said, we are thrilled with how the segment turned out. I think the producers perfectly embodied everything we stand for as a family. Yes, we have been through some challenges, but look at our amazing kids! I believe the piece turned out so well because they stayed true to the way we try to live our lives, and that shone through so clearly in the segment for all to see. Very soon after our segment first aired on Saturday night, I checked twitter and a mom had tweeted Variety to tell them how much Asher and Nolan’s story resonated with her, as a fellow mom of twins. Not that I ever doubted our decision to share our story, but that really confirmed that Asher and Nolan’s story can and does inspire people to do good things!
On that note, for anyone who missed this (how could you after all of my bullying to watch it live and then sharing it on Facebook afterwards) click here to watch the clip. I have now watched it enough times that the embarassment/awkwardness/discomfort of seeing us on camera has melted away and I am left with only a feeling of pride - not only of my family, but of the fact that we can share our story to help others.