When I first started to write on the is blog, I didn't know what for. Then I started to write about myself and how I felt and that helped me. I did find it scary and had sleepless nights wondering if I was doing the right thing. Emails such as the one below tell me I am. It also tells me how lucky I am to be able to do this. I get an enormous amount out of writing for myself. The fact it also helps others is the icing on the cake and I am very grateful for that and feel privileged to be in such a position.(permission was given by the author to quote as long as I do not identify.)
Colin, there is so much i want to share with you. If it gets too much for you, would you promise you would say? If you would rather i didnt, then its ok, just i want you to know that it is now twice i have turned to your blog when i felt that i was at the bottom of a very dark pitt, and your writings shone a light for me. It gives me hope, you see, that there is a way out. I know you'll never be free of the pain, but it gives me hope when i had all but lost it. I am so sorry you went through this, but i thank you for having the courage to share. Your light gives those of us on the same path, but further behind, something to look to. You give the greatest gift colin, hope. For that, i thank you. From the bottom of my heart.