When I first started blogging about my back troubles it was mostly to have an outlet for my emotions and stress. I knew a few people read it (thanks, Mom!) and figured that it was a good way for me to update my close friends and family of my progress since I no longer have a personal facebook page.

I had no idea that this would turn into a helpful tool for others, and I am so happy to hear that it has helped others. I have received several messages from friends saying “I know someone going through this and I sent them to your blog”. I’ve gotten emails, texts, and Instagram messages from people at various stages of similar injuries.

To any of you who have shared my story, or who have read it and found some motivation, hope or inner peace (or maybe just relieved that you are not alone): Thank you, thank you, thank you! The internet is an amazing place where we can connect with people we never would be able to otherwise, and I am so glad that it has brought new friends into my life (and strengthened the friendships I already had).