I had to take a minute to express myself about the people here on Stroke Net. Everyone I have met, read, chatted with, etc. has made my recovery and living post-stroke easier to face, therefore easier to do.
It is truly comforting to me that so many people can take a few sentences, a few phrases, a few words and completely ignore the spelling and grammar mistakes, focusing like a laser into the feelings, fears, concerns, or excitement of what I am trying to say and offer unconditional support, comfort, advice, true empathy, and a sense of "belonging."
I honestly feel as though I am never alone, since joining Stroke Net. I can simply turn on my computer, type what I am feeling/experiencing into a forum post or blog, and rest assured, before even a few hours have gone by, at least 1 person has offered their reply. Everyone here has absolutely been the answer to a prayer.
I can't adequately express the hope, comfort, insight, strength and courage all of you has given me in the short time since I became a Stroke Net member.
I love the way you have been excited with me when I meet a goal, have even the smallest success, or speak about an upcoming event. I am comforted by your words of encouragement, support and acceptance when I fall short, show fear or concern, rage against life, or want to hide away from it.
You have given me many things to think about, many good ideas to try, many words to help explain life to others, not to mention the courage to try things like dancing with Sam.
For all of this, I am ever grateful and hope that I can go at least a small measure of the same for another survivor and/or caregiver.
There is a very big, very warm place in my heart for all the members of Stroke Net. You have very quickly become my friends, and people I love and hold very dear in my heart.
Thank you, one and all!