This year my theme reveal is big no surprise. Nope! No drum roll will be heard.
A while ago I posted that I was looking for Facebook support groups so that I could highlight them as my A to Z Challenge theme. Thank you to all who shared your Facebook group with me. This has been an interesting and educational experience for me.
I have always loved the concept of support groups. When you participate in these kinds of groups you find that you are not the only one going through a certain ordeal. This can make you feel less lonely. These groups give emotional and moral support. I have heard that those who are terminal often live longer when they are part of a support group.
Many years ago when my father was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer I found a support group at the local hospital. My dad told me he was too weak to go, so I went by myself. I will always remember this old woman who came a bit late to the group. When they asked if anyone wanted to talk she immediately raised her hand. She began by telling the group that she was 84. When she was 25 she was diagnosed with breast cancer and told she would not live very long. Her husband, at the time, decided that he couldn’t be with her anymore because he didn’t want to deal with death and left her. She laughed a little and then said, ” He died five years later and I am still here.” Those words made their way to all who sat at that long table. Maybe someone in that group found the will to fight some more. Maybe it gave someone hope.
And then there are those “fun” support groups. You may have an interest, let’s say in planting trees. It’s always good to be able to reach out to someone for information, suggestions or just plain old support!
When the A to Z Challenge begins please consider sharing the Facebook groups that you will read about on my blog. It might not be relevant to you but you never know….the post that you share may find its way to someone it may help.
Good luck to all those participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.