AUTHOR: Carolyn Savage | POSTED: January 3, 2013 | COMMENTS: 35 Comments
When our story first broke in September 2009, to say that Sean and I were apprehensive about working with members of the media would be a colossal understatement. Why? Well, we had no experience with members of the press; and we’ve seen stories of reporters aggressively pursuing regular people, such as ourselves, with a complete and total disregard for privacy.
Regardless of how we felt, however, our story was going to get told whether we participated or not. So, we grabbed the bull by the horns, and with the help of some savvy PR-experienced friends, we connected with Esther Zucker of Dateline NBC.
I’ll never forget the first time I spoke with Esther over the phone. I loved her instantly because she promised to stick with our family to the bitter end by not only focusing on the error that had occurred at my fertility clinic, but also following our family through our healing period. She wanted to be able to tell a story that inspired others, and in order to do that, she recognized that Dateline may need to stay in touch with us for a few years.
If you are regular reader here, you know that it took me almost two and a half years after the birth of Logan to start sharing what I’ve learned. It took that long because I had to work through a process. A process of grieving: A process of redefining our lives after I gave birth to a child I so dearly loved, but had to part with shortly after he took his first breath. In a way, I think the shock of what happened needed to burrow in and bloom into a new way of life. I think that’s the way it is for anyone who’s been thrown an unexpected and unwelcome curveball.
There’s always life “afterwards”, but it takes a while to figure out how to live peacefully and happily in the aftermath.
Now that our family is doing just that, it seemed that it was time to share our happy ending with the world. We shot with Dateline this past July, and the program was originally due to air Labor Day weekend, but once the executive producers saw it, they decided it was special, and needed to be included in the new season. At that time, we weren’t given an air date. We were just told that it would be shown at a time when the world could use a good dose of inspiration.
I guess that time is now.
This upcoming Sunday, at 7pm EST, Dateline NBC will retell our story. It is our hope that those who watch it will glean inspiration from our journey. I hope you’ll tune in to catch an up close and very personal look at why Sean and I greet every morning and every crazy moment with a smile. Of course, our chaos will be unveiled as well. After all, it is a realistic portrayal of what our journey has been and we’ve been consistently honest about even our ugliest moments. Our story isn’t all “butterflies and unicorns”. Who’s life truly is? But this Dateline is all about perspective…and perseverance…and inspiration.
So, try to tune in, or set your DVR’s. I promise it will be worth your time!