Thursday, October 09, 2008

AN EXCITING CHALLENGE

Got a really exciting offer to write a piece that will be part of a chapter in a nursing textbook. The idea is that nursing students, and others in the healthcare profession, could stand to have some understanding of the way the diagnoses process affects families of kids with special needs.

I've got 500 words to tell an encyclopedic story.

I've got 500 words to be uplifting and encouraging, not scolding and bitter.

I've got 500 words to possibly make an impact that will possibly make an impact. Forever.

I've got 500 words that might easily get skimmed over and not add up to a hill of beans.

How about this: Be loving. Be kind. Pretend this is your child.

Too brief?

What more needs to be said? Got 491 words to play around with.




* Photo from www.prnconsultants.com

13 comments:

Angie Ledbetter said...

I have faith your five-hundred words will be fabulously fantastic, focused, fitting and forever unforgettable!

Creating Quiet Spaces said...

What a wonderful opportunity for you to teach with your magic words. The way that information is presented can make all the difference between trauma and support for families. Nancy

Michelle O'Neil said...

What a fantastic opportunity Carrie. I've no doubt you will do us proud.

holly said...

i have no doubt the other 491 words will be equally poignient - even if I can't spell it.

Mom to the Girls said...

Well said! You are amazing woman! And I have no doubt that whatever you say will be a gem to those smart enough to read it and not just skim over it! Way to go!

Jamie said...

That is so exciting... I am SURE your words will make a difference in some lives..... from what I have read on your blog, I am sure you will come up with 500 AMAZING words....

Amber said...

You are perfect for this job. You will be brilliant.

How about something along the lines of teaching them to say, "you have the right to feel your feelings"? And "this is doesn't mean you are a bad parent"? And "You can do this".

:)

Kathryn said...

If ANYONE can do it, you can and what an opportunity!! You will speak for us, and I have confidence in you. Light your Marys.

Joanne said...

These may be the 500 most important words you'll ever write. Monumental. Inspiring. Congrats ...

Sue said...

It's "no accident" that you have been picked to write this!

shauna said...

Carrie, what a great opportunity. And you will make an impact and change countless individuals' future experiences. You go girl!

Deb said...

I'm so excited for this opportunity for you, and impressed at the wisdom of whoever asked you to write the piece. I hope you'll share it here when you're done. Much love to you.

Jenny said...

How cool. Can't wait to read the other 491 words