Guest Post by Lauren Dow
There are certain people you come across in this world that make you sit back and realize that the universe, God, your source energy, or whatever it is you believe, truly has a path for you. Along my path, I was given the chance to work for a nonprofit organization called Up with People.
At my very first Up with People reunion, I once again, continued to follow my path which brought me to meet a woman that you all may know very well, Marcella.
When she first approached me, Marcella asked if I could take a photo of her with her bear. I didn’t know anything about The Comfort Cub. I only saw a sweet woman holding a teddy bear. After taking a few photos and sharing a few laughs with a new friend, she asked me to hold her bear for her. That’s not a totally random question to ask a stranger, of course I’ll hold your bear! I wasn’t sure where this was going, but the moment I hugged that adorable, furry little cub, my heart filled with something warm.
I instantly felt a sense of comfort wash over me. After running around working the event on maybe three hours of a sleep over the course of a few days, constantly running around and being pulled in a million different directions, I can only begin to explain how exhausted and stressed I was. The minute I held that bear in my hands, I needed to know why I felt so at ease.
A few months later, I finally received my own Comfort Cub in the mail and wanted to share with all of you my story of how The Comfort Cub helped me, a seemingly normal twenty-something-year-old, and why I wanted to be a part of this organization’s mission.
I suffer from major depression and anxiety. The kind that keeps you locked in your bed for days on end and you can’t seem to get out or figure out why in the first place. These disorders, along with a few other issues I have developed over the last two years, have caused significant disruption in my life, and I’m sure there are many people that can attest to the hardships that some of these disorders come with.
My Comfort Cub couldn’t have come at a better time. I was moving, struggling with work and personal issues, and to top it off, winter was approaching with the first snowfall of the season. I was having a very difficult time. A large box sat on my desk that afternoon. I unwrapped the package and immediately started squeezing my bear. I could feel the flood of calmness rush over me.
Typically, I have my sweet little puppy, Luna, to run to for emotional support, but you can’t bring your dog to work (unless you have a work environment that is conducive to that) or the grocery store or out shopping or to various gatherings. But what you can bring, is a bear.
I am happy to say that since my path has crossed with Marcella and her organization, I have been sharing her story with everyone I know. Because the truth is, while The Comfort Cub can help with various types of losses and tragedies in a person’s life, it can also help someone who’s heart needs mending on a daily basis.
I’m not sharing my story to make anyone feel bad for me or to put my personal life on blast for the world to look at me differently for. I’m sharing my story simply because I want others to realize the importance of what The Comfort Cub is doing for people all over the country, and hopefully someday the world. I’m just grateful that I get to be a part of their journey.
Thank you, Marcella and everyone at The Comfort Cub for doing what you do. It’s really a beautiful thing and I hope that I can help bring comfort to other’s as you have done for me.