An unexpected part of having her story in front of such a large audience was how other people could relate to her life's struggles and connect it to their own. Although we don't ever experience the exact same thing, what was so touching was that total strangers saw something of themselves or their loved ones in our story. So many people have reached out with love and support and for many this was a moment to share their own unique stories and feel a little less alone when trying to navigate mental illness or memory loss.
Of course, a lot of people also reacted to the lighter sides of the story. People loved seeing photos of the JAMS as well as my mom's iconic envelopes. One thing that was mentioned in the HONY post, but didn't make it into the photos, was the amazing Halloween costumes that she made for me.