HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!!
CAN YOU BELIEVE GRACEFUL AGONY IS ONE YEAR OLD TODAY??
365 days ago, I made the commitment to myself, and to whomever wanted to take this journey with me that I would share my life openly, honestly, and completely, in hopes that I could somehow make my ‘Chronic’ life purposeful.
I nervously wrote my first post, and published it… and waited… I didn’t know if my words would be heard by ANYONE…
I wrote my second post… and my third… and the craziest thing happened! PEOPLE FOUND MY BLOG!! People were actually reading my words!!!
I very quickly realized I wasn’t the only one sitting ‘alone’ with my pain… There were so MANY people feeling the things I felt, experiencing the things I did, and crying the same frustrated tears I cried.
I FINALLY found a place where I was completely understood. And it was the most overwhelming feeling I have ever had. I cry at this moment as I look back upon this past year and reflect on how quickly my ‘heart’ changed, how my perception of my pain has gone through a metamorphosis, and how the courage of others inspired me to find my own strength….
Shortly after starting this blog, I also started a facebook-based support group… and I don’t honestly know HOW, but people started to join… 15 members… 20 members… 30 members… People started to open up and share openly about their OWN lives with Chronic Illness and pain… And I made heart-to-heart connections with strangers from across the world who were suffering the same way I had been for years. Who KNEW that these ‘strangers’ would end up being my dearest friends, and an integral part of my every day life. You all know who you are, and my heartfelt appreciation, and my utmost respect goes out to all of you… Thank you for making our family what it has become this past year… it is ALL because of you!!
Much “LIFE” happened in between writing posts, making friends, and sharing experiences this past year….
Some of us experienced great loss and began personal journey’s of grief…
Some of us found love…
Some of us lost it…
Some of us found hope,
and others needed the hope and strength that only OUR friendship could bring…
But through all of it, the one thing I know for sure is that we all got to ‘know’ ourselves in a way we hadn’t, all of us played a ‘role’ in our own as well as some one else’s healing.. and we all made a difference in the lives of the people we love. WE BECAME SISTERS… united in something much stronger than illness and pain.
365 days ago I started writing as a way to reach out to others, and the most miraculous thing happened…. I ended up reaching out to myself…. I started a journey of my own healing, found strength I never knew I had, and found happiness in a way I never knew was possible while living in agony.
Because, in sharing my life with others, I found love, hope, forgiveness, patience, and tolerance for so many other people, and those people mirrored myself… By seeing my reflection in all of you, I found me….
It has been one crazy ride, hasn’t it?
210 support group members
and forever friends….
THAT is how I measure this past year…..
Take a minute to reflect on the last year for YOU… and all the blessings, wonders, lessons, and love it has brought into your life… THAT my friends, is THE REASON…
Thank you so very much for following my journey this past year…
Thank you for reaching out and becoming a part of my life…
Thank you for your friendship,
And your love.
AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ALL OF YOU!!!
THIS IS YOUR CELEBRATION!!!!!!!
I hope the year ahead brings peace, healing, hope, and above all, a lot more love and friendship across the web, and in our homes and hearts.
DOES ANYONE WANT CAKE??
QUICK, MAKE A WISH AS I BLOW OUT THE CANDLES!!!
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