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It dawned on me last night (guess I was feeling philosophical) that without this forum, the chances of any of us knowing each other is slim to none.  We wouldn't have the support of each other that we all depend on so much or the knowledge that we all share with each other.  We're spread all over the country/world and yet we all can meet on this forum and be there for each other-isn't that what compassion and friendship is all about?  Without this wonder, amazing forum, we would all be going through this journey by ourselves.  Really makes you stop and think and be super thankful for each other-

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  • Kathy P

    Aw Lynn – that was beautifully said! We are a community of circumstance! We share something we wish we didn't, but it's that thing that brings us together.

    I know I made many life-long friends through AAFA's Kids With Food Allergies division which started in 2005. Some I've had the chance to meet in person, but many I haven't!

     all my AAFA friends!

  • K8sMom2002

    Lynn, so very beautiful! And so true! Thank you!

    It reminds me of a story that someone on an international adoption forum told me about not being able to have biological children and adopting from China. I'm paraphrasing …

    It's like I was expecting a plane, and it would whisk me to my destination super quick. But then something happened, and I missed my plane, and I was told, no, you have to take a slow boat and cover rough ocean waters to get to where you're headed.

    I was bummed, and I griped and I complained while in the long line to embark on this unwanted cruise. But then the people in front of me started up a conversation, and then the people behind me joined in, and all of a sudden, I had the beginning of a friendship. 

    And we all laughed and cried across this big ocean, seeing strange new sights, facing new fears and old demons. And we were together, and it made it easier. 

    So if I'd made that plane, it might have been easier. But how I would have taken things for granted! And oh, the things I would have missed! I wouldn't have known these wonderful friends or their strength and courage. I wouldn't have realized the courage that I had, the strength I was made of. 

    It is an ill wind that blows no good … and I am so wonderfully gifted and blessed to have "known" you and all my AAFA friends. I worry over you guys. I think about you. I carry you all in my heart. Thank you for the opportunity to know you and count you as a friend.

  • LK

    Well and beautifully spoken, everyone!!  

    I will say that these past 8 months or so since I found all of you have been the best of all my months of dealing with asthma.  The struggle is still there but it is so much lighter now that I have others with whom I can share and lean on.  You know the old saying - A joy shared is a double joy. A burden shared is half a burden.-Swedish Proverb

    Cynthia, What an apt story!  Makes a body think about all the detours we take and how they affect our lives many times in good ways.  

    Thank you, Lynn!

  • Shea

    Before this group I was seeking soneone who understood what I was going through. I almost did a meetup.com group but I just couldn't be an organizer–  going places and making plans with my health, and a small child, and me a single mom… was something too daunting. But I could not sit here and talk to a family –whose strategy at the time was to ignore me and my symptoms until I was in the hospital… or a doctor who had no personal experience and was really only there to prescribe meds. Everything online seems to be an advertisement–people selling stuff. Who can I trust? Who can help me with this issue? Only you all can. I am so blessed to have found you and I feel so much that together we are stronger, we are wiser, we are more compassionate. Thank you!!!!