Yesterday I wrote a post on living with a chronic illness and how frustrating it can be. I was feeling down and had just reached my limit with hurtful and ignorant comments directed at me and at other people who also are dealing with these "hidden illnesses" as they are sometimes referred to. I just felt like I needed to get it all out there. I had no idea when I pushed the Publish button that I would have had so many people reaching out to me with kind and supportive comments and also people who could identify with what I was going through because they or someone they loved are also going through it and were sharing their stories with me. I had comments both here and privately emailed to me.
I am completely overwhelmed with gratitude for all of you. Your compassion, helpful advice, kindness, caring and willingness to share your stories also touched me so deeply. I told my husband I had quite a few comments on my post and he said "I hope no one is criticizing you for it". He is very protective of me. I told him that no, it was just the opposite, I was getting a huge amount of support, kindness and compassion and I could see his body language change drastically. He too was surprised at the outpouring of friendship and support that you all showed us. It meant so much to both of us because this strong man has held me more times while I have cried out of hurt or frustration and being a man, he wants so badly to "fix me" so that I am healthy again. He has also heard the many rude, hurtful and ignorant comments, sometimes even from a member of his side of the family who knows the truth but continues to choose to believe I am faking it and openly shares their opinion with others both in and outside of the family. Those comments and actions have hurt him deeply too.
So thank you, from the bottom of my heart and also from my sweet husband. It amazes me how total strangers can connect through the internet and become friends who genuinely care for and support one another. You all are amazing and I am so thankful and blessed to have you in my life!