The power of a simple act of kindness
By Stephanie Hanrahan | November 12, 2019
This guest post is by mom blogger, Stephanie Hanrahan. A version of this blog appeared here.
Sometimes the internet can seem like a breeding ground for comparison and negativity, but the truth is, there’s a lot of kindness there too. I know this first hand because the Internet saved me. Or rather a random stranger online did.
A few years ago, I was drowning in the new diagnosis of my daughter. I didn’t know a single person with autism at the time, so the fear of the unknown—not having a touchpoint or role model to guide us through and find us hope—was crippling.
Then, I stumbled upon Miss Los Angeles, Caelin Nieto. She was beautiful, smart, social and had the same diagnosis as my daughter. I sent her a desperate email on Instagram and never imagined I’d hear back.
Little did I know that message would not only receive a response, but we would become pillars of support for each other as Caelin entered adulthood and I raised the little girl she once was.
Two years later, by pure miracle, my daughter and Caelin met. I will go to my grave claiming this as the most beautiful moment of my life.
Two girls, twenty years apart, with one incredible thing in common: autism.
Two strangers, who found each other states away, and are now family.
This is the power of sharing your story—online and off.
Read the full blog here