Monday, October 18, 2010

Thank You

I just want to again say THANK YOU to all my wonderful friends for your kind words of support; for the emails, cards, flowers, food and, mostly, for just caring.  I think it's difficult for most people to understand the power of the support I get from my Internet friends.  They don't understand the need to search for and find a camaraderie with people over the Internet -- many of whom I've never met.  They don't understand  because, for the most part, they haven't had to look beyond their workplace, their church, their neighborhood or their child's school to find people they can relate to - people they have something in common with.  The same can't be said for me.

I'm very fortunate to have extended many of my online friendships to in-real-life friendships.  Regardless of whether I've had the privilege of meeting you in person or only online - the care, support and love I feel from my Internet friends is powerful and it is real.

To all my in-real-life, non-Internet friends, many of whom have been part of my life since long before the "Internet" became a household word - you are equally as special and I am equally as grateful for your love and support.

Thank you for caring about me and my family during this difficult time and thank you for taking the time to tell me so.


worthy said...

I wouldn't be the person i am today without your love and support Ann. Even though we've never met, you are one of my most treasured friends. Love always Julie xxxxxx

CS said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, Ann. Your mother is obviously loved and missed. Her life was so full! I know she had to have felt blessed by her children.

You are such an inspiration and you lead by example in your children's advocacy and in taking care of yourself. Thank YOU for all you do for the rest of us. (And thank you especially for your kind words of encouragement on my random thoughts/posts-they do mean a lot to me).

betty said...

Ann -

I agree with Julie that I really think of you as a friend although we haven't met. I have thought of you and your family many times since your STL trip and through this past difficult week.

- betty

Alicia said...

And I thank you, Ann, for being a wonderful example to me over the last couple of years. I truly look up to you.


Tatia Strang said...

Prayers for you and your family. My Dad died in the spring after a long battle with prostate cancer. It is hard to let go even though watching them suffer is so painful. Here's to a beer, xanax or whatever it will take to have a little peace!

Susan said...

I've been thinking about you Ann.
(((((HUGS))))) I hope things are going as well as they can be during this difficult time. My father passed when I was 23, it just takes time.

I think people with typical lives just can't understand the importance and support we get from our internet friends. But we do. You are a huge source of support, friendship, love and inspiration to so many. We love you and appreciate you!