Call it what you will, but "something" led me to this site today … especially to the "Caregivers" group. Funny … I immediately noticed the first comment made on the group's home page. It does not seem like it, but this group's anniversary will be in one month...
Here's that initial comment:
rwarner (May 23, 4:47 PM): This is a great idea for a group. I also want to thank you guys for doing it. It is really wonderful. Thanks for accepting my membership. I am honored by being in such great company.
When I was asked to co-sponsor this wonderful group, I was thrilled! I felt privileged, flattered and eager to get the group up and running. Just think of the possibilities!!! What a chance to give hope and inspiration to others -- others who may be going through the same (or similar) situations we had already experienced, or ones we were right smack dab in the middle of.
I honestly can't remember how long I hung in there. There have been mantles passed around quite a bit in this delightful group. But, the lovely spirit who had the initial vision for this group, azsky13, has by far outlasted us all. What a strong woman she is!
Little did I know how emotionally draining the task of maintaining this group would be. Little did I know how dependent, in reality, I was on Mom. Little did I know how useless I would feel after her death. None of us can ever know what living on without the comfort of a loved one means. We can imagine (somewhat), but we can never really know prior to that inevitable moment. My lovely mother was a major (but not the only) reason I felt such a longing to be a part of this group.
I am so proud of you, Mary. I am equally proud of each and every one of you who accepted the "mantle" when it was passed to (or thrust upon) you. I commend you all, and each of you should be recognized for your efforts. Believe me, I know it is not easy. I regret not being strong enough to hang in there longer than I did.
I don't frequent Newsvine very much these days, but I still (and always will) consider some of you very good friends. Whether we have met each other in person or not really does not matter. My steadfast friends know who you are and where you will always be … in my heart.