This is going to get a bit more personal than most blog posts here ever will, but there is good reason. This spring has been CRAZY in my world.
April 1st was the 6th Annual Jogging for Jonah, a fundraiser my friend Patrice (Jonah's mom) and I co-direct every year to raise money for debra of America. 100% net proceeds go to advocate for EB individuals and families, provide services for them, and go towards research for a cure. Every year we raise over $20,000 and this year was no different! We had a wonderful day and are so grateful for the incredible support of the community year after year.
Then came a month of final papers, my Master's thesis on how to best support families adopting children with EB, job searching and finally...my graduation from graduate school! I gradated on May 13th with my Master's in Social Work from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Shortly after I applied for my clinical license and am now a proud LCSWA (licensed clinical social worker associate)! Two days later I started working full-time as an intensive in-home therapist at a local mental health agency. I work with children and families whose children are typically at risk of some type of out-of-home placement. I do individual and family therapy as well as some case management.
That was all very exciting, but the most exciting news came later in May when I officially began to process to adopt a child with EB. I can't share too many details yet, but I am well on my way and am so grateful for all of the support that my friends, family and even strangers have extended along the way so far. You can follow my adoption journey on my blog, www.adoptingabutterfly.wordpress.com. Turns out, adoption is almost a full-time job itself! The amount of paperwork is overwhelming, not to mention the $30,000 cost that I am working two jobs to meet and fundraise.
With all of that going on, I have not had the amount of time to dedicate to EB Promise that I wish I had. We still have things going on behind the scenes - my apartment is full of boxes that I'm prepping to send out to EB orphans around the world - but it's been a bit quiet on the social media front, fundraising and other outlets. EB Promise is essentially a one-woman production right now, so when busy seasons hit it can get a bit tough. I would love for this to change so that EB Promise can always be functioning at its very best! Please let me know if you're interested in becoming a part of the team. There are so many different ways you can get involved, all with different time commitments and responsibilities...something for everyone!
Thank you for being patient with me and for continuing to support the mission of EB Promise. Big things are happening and lives are being changed :)