In yesterday's post, I ended by posing a question for myself, which was: How do I cast aside the illness in my heart that is preventing me from moving ahead?
When I wrote the post, I thought it was a question I needed to address. But, Andrea wrote a response, which was very helpful, and enabled me to look at the question from a different perspective.
Most importantly for me, she responded although I hadn't asked for help. She volunteered without my seeking her support.
While I have done that many times for others--and with strangers one rarely knows whether it's appreciated or not--during this illness, only a few close friends and family members have stepped in, even when I have asked for help.
So...yesterday, you can't imagine how pleased I was when Andrea lent me an unsolicited helping hand. (And there have been others who have offered advice and friendship as well, and you know who you are.)
Maybe, therein lies the answer to my question. Unlike the cancer patient in yesterday's post who took her own life because she felt she had failed to heal herself and had to depend upon someone else, with my blog I feel I have developed a virtual community of caring people.
And perhaps each of us heals a little bit each day because one of us sends a hug from afar, offers a few words of heartfelt advice, or reminds us that we matter, and they care.
Today, I would like to thank Andrea and everyone else who reads this blog, comments, and lets me know they care. As I type all of the names of the people who have commented since I have returned to blogging, I realize that each person is a part of my healing process. Each represents a step on the pathway to wellness.
I have tried to list the names in the order that the comments since February have been made. Thank you's go to: Gianna, Duane Sherry, Catatonic Kid, Howard, Sandy Naiman, Jazz, Carrie, Paula Joy, Susan, Marja, Marissa Miller, Wendalyn Love, Dirkmonster, Bitsy, Gabriel, Isabella Mori, John D., iHanna, Annie, Emma, Mariposa, and Louisa.
If there's anyone I neglected, it was an oversight, I apologize, please let me know, and I'll add your name to the list! (I don't want any "step" to be missing on my pathway!)
FYI...my husband and I are going away for a few days, I'll be posting again next Monday. The graphic is from bhojman's photostream.