You never know when a moment and a few sincere words can have an impact on a life. – Zig Ziglar
Dear Brave SPN Fan,
On October 27th, 2013 you and I were at the Westin Hotel in Rosemont, IL to see Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles at Creation Entertainment’s Salute to Supernatural convention (ChiCon). You were in line on the left side of the stage to ask a question. In fact, you asked the LAST question of Jared and Jensen’s panel that day. You asked if Jared and Jensen thought Sam and Dean would ever give up on life. Would they ever feel so overwhelmed to consider suicide?
My heart broke when I heard your question and tears immediately started to roll down my cheeks as I reached for my husband’s hand. I worried for a moment how the boys would handle your question. Jensen was very somber and remained silent as he deferred to Jared. Jared’s answer was beautiful. He told you, “Getting rid of yourself is never the answer. Keep on fighting the fight.” Jared went on to talk about how when he’s struggling, he’s learned to take the focus off himself and his problems, and look for ways he can help someone else. By doing this, you help yourself by helping others.
I tried to find you after the panel but I was on the other side of the room and there were simply too many people between us. On that day, I wanted to find you, give you a hug, and encourage you any way I could through my tears. Today, I still want to find you and hug you, but I also want to thank you and praise you for your courage because YOU and that moment at ChiCon have forever changed my life!
I lost my nephew to suicide and his death ripped a hole through my heart and knocked me off my feet with such force that I have really struggled with how to move forward. My homework assignment from my counselor is to look for opportunities to talk about my nephew and to talk about suicide. I thanked Jared in the autograph line for his genuine, heart-felt answer to your question. I also found the courage over the next several months to reach out to others who were at ChiCon and talk about your suicide question and my suicide loss.
In the process of reaching out to others, I discovered there were people all around me who were suffering in silence, and that they too, just needed a little help on how to move forward. I realized I needed to take my loss, my journey, and pay it forward to help others within the SPN Family. And so . . . I created SPN Survivors.
I want you to know I think about you A LOT and I will never forget you! I wonder what impact Jared’s answer has had on you over the last year. I want to know you are OK.
You are Awesome! You are Brave! And you inspired me to take the necessary steps I needed to move forward in my journey, and to help others along the way. I would be honored if you would contact me.
With Much Love!
~ KarlaAlways Keep Fighting, ChiCon, Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, SPN Family, suicide, Supernatural