Tuesday, June 10, 2014

To My Blog Followers--A Message of Support



All around my (Facebook) blog I have seen where a lot of you are struggling right now and it seems like you are in need of support of one kind or another. I would like to remind you that you can always message me privately here on the page by clicking the "message" button in the upper right corner and writing me. I am not an expert beyond my own circumstances and from learning from you all here on my blog but I may have something I can offer you even if it's just to let you know that you are not alone, that you don't have to do any of this (cope with caring for a loved one living with schizophrenia, cope with stigma, cope with symptoms, cope with feeling alone) alone.

I will say that this blog is not meant to be a support group necessarily but sometimes one member will help another if they see their comments in the comments section. We are all good people here that care about each other and are eager to help where we can so feel free to speak up.

I also offer a couple of "secret" support groups that are affiliated with this (Facebook) blog that have members who are beyond amazing and who offer support to each other in a way that makes me proud and happy to know them all. If you want to be in one of the groups, message me privately here on the (Facebook) page using the message button in the upper right corner and tell me a little bit of your story and I will find a group that will be a good fit for you and your circumstances. The support groups are 'secret' because they are set up so that no one on Facebook can see that you are a member of it and they can't see what you post however be aware that everyone's post from the group will show up in your timeline but that does not mean that your regular friends on Facebook can see them. I have sealed these groups in this manner because so many of you have expressed that you need a place to go to be honest about your feelings with others who can relate without family members and friends seeing. They are wonderful places so please, if you need support, contact me.

I always hate to remind people of this because then I end up losing the conversations on my blog which make the conversation richer but I have to be fair and informative about how the blog itself works. This is a PUBLIC page. Everyone, everywhere can see that you have 'liked' this page and if they're paying attention they will also see your comments here. If you need to keep your circumstances private then I urge you not to write anything here. However, if you don't mind sharing your stories and thoughts about what I write then please do so because it makes this place more diverse and educational, not to mention it shows others that they are not alone with what they deal with.

I may not always comment on what you comment about on my page but please know I am reading everything and paying attention. I appreciate everyone's contribution beyond comprehension and I am honored that you take the time to either 'like' what I write or comment on it. As a reminder, you can always 'like' a post of mine and even if it's not a happy, positive post, 'liking' it shows me that you see it and are reading it and that perhaps it touches you in some way. I do the same for you by coming through and 'liking' what you comment so that you can see that I read it and that I care.

In closing, I want you all to know how very much I appreciate you. I appreciate that you joined my blog, to begin with, and that you contribute. I appreciate each and every one of your circumstances and your kind, caring words to me mean everything to me. You all have touched my life in the biggest of ways and I COULDN'T DO ANY OF THIS WITHOUT YOU.

Thank you for being here and remember,

YOU ARE NOT ALONE IN THIS.

With love,
Melanie

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