That Time I Gained a Few Thousand New Friends

That Time I Gained a Few Thousand New Friends

October 10, 2016 | Posted in: Chronic illness and relationships

Last week, a blog post I wrote ran on a site called Her View From Home. As a result, I gained a few thousand new friends here on our blog.

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Many of my new friends sent me precious messages of support and encouragement, which reduced me to a puddle of tears. I will treasure them forever. (the messages, not the tears)

Others worried about my health and wanted to offer me products and services.

Some felt my blog conveyed a certain “hopelessness” and wondered if I was okay.

Today, as I wait to board my flight from Grand Rapids to Chicago I’d like to clarify, express my profound gratitude and cheer you on.

  • My Gratitude– if you are one of the many who’ve taken the time to e-mail, message, or snail mail your support and encouragement, THANK YOU! I will be forever humbled and grateful for your outpouring of love. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your journey.
  • Health Concerns- Can I tell you how much it means to me that people I don’t know would take time out of their day to make sure I am okay? More than I could ever express. But please know I am receiving the best of care. Without going into the intricate details of my daily care, please know I am doing what I believe to be best for me at this time, including natural products, vitamins, and supplements. If I’m not using your brand, it doesn’t mean I don’t believe in your brand, just that it’s not right for me at this time.
  • Hopelessness- Chronic Illness does have its seasons, its moment’s of hopelessness. But I believe it demonstrates a vast hope and perseverance to keep going in spite of this. I should also clarify that Chronicallywhole is a blog community. Amazing people from across the Internet have authored many of the blogs found here. Some of the quotes folks found most troubling came from guests’ blogs. If you scroll to the very bottom of each blog, it will show who authored that particular blog, and even how to contact them. I’m sure the other authors on the site would love to hear from you as well.
  • Cheering you on- One thing I heard a lot last week was that you, too, often feel like you aren’t enough when it comes to parenting. You feel like you aren’t present enough. You feel like you aren’t mom enough or dad enough. You feel like chronic illness means you are no longer good enough. Can we make a deal here? I’ll remind you this is a lie, a trick, and a load of junk and when I forget you’ll remind me? The deal is, you’re doing so much better than you think you are. You’re teaching your kiddos about what it is to overcome in the face of adversity. I know we want to believe we’re going to launch our children into a world where nothing bad will ever happen and happiness is all they’ll ever know but is this the world you’ve known? We don’t do them any favors by pretending their lives beyond our homes will be problem-free. Sooner or later, heartache of some shape or form will find them. How will we have equipped them? You and I, how we equip our children for life beyond our doors by allowing them to watch us overcome are doing something meaningful, something worthwhile. And hey you, you’re doing a much better job than you think you are. I know it’s been hard, but you’re still here. You’re still breathing (most of the time.) You’re still putting one foot in front of the other (figuratively totally counts.) Hats off to you my friends. You totally rock. 

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4 Comments

  1. Chris Carter
    October 11, 2016

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    I LOVED that post Stacey and I shared it on my page too. I am thrilled that you had such an outpouring of love and support! Beautiful response here, my friend. And big hugs to your boy for having the faith and integrity we need in this country. May he be a role model for us ALL.

    • Stacey Philpot
      October 12, 2016

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      Oh, thank you Chris!

  2. Caitlin Edmondson
    October 12, 2016

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    I just found your blog from Passion + Profit, and I will definitely need to read more! My mom suffers from Chronic Lyme Disease, so I’ve seen what it’s like to have a family member struggle with a lot of the same things. Thank you for posting this, and being an advocate for all of the chronically ill, I look forward to reading more about your journey. Wishing you well!

    • Stacey Philpot
      October 12, 2016

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      Hi Caitlin,

      Chronic Lyme has been a part of my journey for a while now as well, so I can’t wait to “meet” your mom. Thanks for stopping by and for loving the chronically ill in your world so well!

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