I’ve always had an intense fear of public speaking, as I’m sure a lot of people do. As they say, it’s second only to death.
(I could barely get through presentations in school without feeling sick to my stomach.)
So needless to say I was terrified to get up in front of 350+ people on Saturday and tell them my CF story, something extremely personal (even though I’ve put it on this blog for the whole interwebs to see… :)).
Fortunately, it went better than I ever could have hoped.
The event itself was wonderful, too – great food, a fantastic turnout, and horse racing. What could be better?
I’ll be sure to upload pictures as soon as my personal photographer (aka the bf) uploads them.
Thanks to said bf, I also have my speech recorded for family and friends that weren’t able to make it. (Um, can I just say how totally weird it is to watch/hear yourself on video? Definitely not what I thought I sounded like.)
I was hesitant to share it… it makes me feel slightly self-concious but I think it’s important to share. Plus, posting this will probably give you a better idea of how I was feeling that day – it’s hard to put into words what an amazing experience it was. So here you go, my speech (sorry it’s so dark, lighting wasn’t the best):
And a BIG thank you to all of my blends and Twitter friends for the support. I truly could not have done this without such wonderful encouragement. You are all AMAZING and so kind.