To all my New England Family! You continue to love and support me. You've helped me make this my home and made me feel like I belong and am wanted and loved. You ARE my family and you keep me going even when I don’t have the desire or energy to do so.
To all of my East TN Family! You’ve known me all my life. You’ve loved me and supported me through some of the hardest and darkest times in my life. Without you I’d have never made it this far. You ARE my family and you mean the world to me.
To all of my Online Family! We may never have met in person. We may never have spoken over the phone. We may have only shared texts and emails and photographs. But it was through those photographs and the sharing and kindness and humor and raw honesty of letting others see inside your lives… It was through that that I was able to expand and live beyond what felt like isolation and a lack of hope. You have helped open my eyes to the world, you’ve continued to let me in and to let me share with you.You’ve allowed me to bare my soul and, on occasion, allowed me to take down the walls and let someone in from a safe distance. And you didn’t judge or shame me, you welcomed me and embraced me. You ARE my family and I will forever be grateful for allowing me to travel your world when I couldn’t leave mine.