Last week we posted a message from Marah, Jim’s amazing wife. It was about the Flipside of Hope. Marah and Jim decided that the time was right to give people a glimpse of how incredibly difficult things are for Jim – and their honesty about giving in to despair sometimes was profound.
We received a curious response to her heart-felt message.
Though the post was shared far and wide (thank you), the almost universal reply was to deny the potential for despair. We received lots of “don’t give up!” and “you have to believe” and in some messages, subtle hints that others are counting on Jim to only be positive. [We do understand that the messages were heart-felt and encouraging, and meant to give Jim a boost.]
Jim and Marah, together with their family, have absolutely not given up. They remain the most hopeful and positive people we know. Their strength is incredible — but guess what? They have their limits too. The truth is, despair will creep in, and we as their supporters need to allow them to be honest. As a face of the organ donation wait list, Jim is allowing others to see what it is really like. Maybe that makes you uncomfortable, but maybe…..just maybe, it will make you pause for that 2 minutes that we need and get you to sign up to be an organ donor.
Thank you Jim and Marah. For your strength and your honesty to tell it like it is.
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