Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Why I'm Doing What I'm Doing

Late last night I received this message on Facebook:

"Hi Erica, I'm a friend of Alicia; we interned at DoSomething together last summer. I have a rare, chronic, progressive, and life-threatening illness that I've had since birth and with that, among many other things, has come years of chronic pain. I'm so sorry to hear that you have to deal with all this bullshit, too. I haven't read your blog yet, but I'm really looking forward to! I just bookmarked it! What you're doing is truly amazing and inspiring, and as someone living with chronic pain, as well, I thank you for putting this out there. Even though all of this sucks, I so believe in fate and that we were given our challenges for a reason, and even more so to meet other, specific people for a reason. I just wanted to write to you to connect because, even if our experiences aren't at all the same, they are challenging experiences that have a similar root, and among all the suckiness, it's nice to find other people who may have a tiny lick of knowing what you're going through and can relate in some way or another. I've been doing some writing myself, nothing that I've posted or published in any way, just random journalings, and I hope to perhaps someday write a book about my life and experiences. Once I read all about you and your experiences tomorrow, I'll be able to better "follow-up" with you, because I have read some books and blogs about living with chronic pain or chronic illness at this age and stage in our lives, and perhaps we could share tips with each other. I basically just wanted to introduce myself and hopefully we can find a connection here. I really look forward to reading your work! Xo, Melanie"

Faith in humanity (and myself): restored.

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