by Marti Fischer
There are many amazing realities about our Catch community, but maybe for John and me, the most awesome thing has been the recent comments and encouragements that we have received daily over these past several weeks as we have had to go through some difficult times with our 15-year-old son, Chandler. We have had people that we didn’t know were apart of our community, speaking from their hearts, and telling us about their similar experiences. We’ve had people thanking us for our vulnerability, and people telling us that they are grateful that we are giving them the opportunity to help by coming alongside. Through this kind of connecting, we think that you are offering the most healing part of our experience.
To know how many people love you is an invaluable gift.
In this virtual age, we sometimes think that humanity is cold and unattached. We hear the propaganda that technology is destroying community. Those naysayers don’t understand that the power of human connection is so strong that it is fostered by any communication, regardless of distance or media. They don’t understand how a young man in the Midwest has people all over the world reaching out to connect to him and support him. The ability of personal interactions through our website to mobilize the Catch community is truly a way in which we can be there for each other.
A board member and dearest friend strongly urged us to step forward and let you know what’s going on with us. Further, we were warned not to let shame stop us from feeling the love that people within the Catch community have for us. As our board member so correctly said, “No one can feel good about helping if there isn’t anyone asking for help.”
We are and will continue to connect with you by letting you know what is going on in our lives, regardless of where we are and in whatever current situation we find ourselves. If only to feel the outpouring of your love for us, we will connect with you through our hearts by continuing to ask for help. And, because the Catch is your community too, we encourage you to do the same. That way there will always be someone asking for help, and, at the same time, someone feeling good about helping.
“Chandler will always be my hero. … I know I have learned much from him…. I’ve also been learning the way he sees things. The two things I saw and connected to from the very beginning, were his vulnerability, and his innocence.”
Kathy Willis, Catch Community Member
Many of you know that Chandler is an artist. Lately his artistic eye has been masterfully put to use in the venue of photography. Last night we connected with Chandler and he wanted you to know he, too, is connecting with you by offering the following as seen through his eyes: