I just finished reading a heartbreaking post from Sue Vincent, titled The Last Post?. Sue was diagnosed with incurable small cell lung cancer last September, and spent much of last week in the hospital.
As Sue writes:
“It has been an interesting and informative journey on so many levels as familiar things have been stripped away and a gift of love left in its place… rather like the tooth fairy leaving something of real value in place of a discarded incisor.
And now, for me, comes a time of gratitude, where I look back at what an amazing life I have been granted… “
Sue’s posts for the past several weeks have been nothing short of insightful and inspirational. Her love of writing and reading is obvious.
As I read her latest post, I came to realize just how wonderful the WordPress community is.
Over the past few years, I have become friendly with several bloggers, and during that time I have shared in the same sort of experiences I have experienced with family and friends.
Birthdays, engagements, losing a spouse, retiring, starting a new job, losing a job, graduating, dealing with a sick child or parent, health issues, becoming a grandparent. My friends in the WordPress blogging community have shared such life moments with each other, and the community has laughed, celebrated, encouraged, and commiserated along with them.
Thanks to the talent and passion of my fellow bloggers, I’ve come to appreciate the beauty of poetry, photography, birds, and 99-word stories. I’ve learned more about music in the past two years than I learned in the past 50. And I’ve learned how addictive WordPress stats can be 🙂
As a daily blogger, I have more interaction with some of my fellow bloggers than I do with my “real life” friends and neighbors. The blogging community is there every day supporting each other through the highs and the lows.
It has been wonderful to see the blogging community rally around Sue these past few months, but it’s not surprising.
While it is a pleasure to read what my fellow bloggers write, the real joy comes from knowing that you are part of a community that cares for each other, and that like your other friends and family, you can count on them for support when you need it.
Like Sue, I am grateful for the WordPress community.
And I’d encourage you to read her post…