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Updated on January 29, 2013

A Pity Party

I had a pity party recently and all my friends came. While I was whining and crying the blues, they all reminded me of how blessed I am. This wasn’t news to me but in the midst of my pity party, I had forgotten. It’s like that with friends though, isn’t it? When you need them the most, they are there, well, the real friends are anyway.

The pity party didn’t last long, thanks to my real friends. They showed up in their finest with smiles on their faces, abundant hugs and cheers, and all the encouragement I needed to pick my lip up and move forward. My friends are the best.

Humility and Reality

Today the sun rose and the chill that has been around for a few days vanished. My first thoughts of the day were “gosh I’m a lucky girl”. Now that’s a pretty good way to start a day. And then I remembered the pity party. For a moment or two I was embarrassed and wondered how on earth I could face my friends again after such a scene. They had told me how strong I usually am and that I’m always there for others. You can’t imagine how good it made me feel. And then I remembered how I had boo-hoo’d and laid the vulnerable side of myself out there for all my friends to see. Where was my dignity? Surely I had not lost complete control of it. But oh yes, I sure had. That person that is so capable of running into the fire for others tucked her tail and hid behind the keyboard and monitor when things got tough in her own world. What a woos.

By now you might be wondering what on earth I’m talking about. If you weren’t at the party, that’s understandable. It’s only fair that I at least give you the abbreviated version so you won’t think I’ve gone stark-raving mad in addition to being a woos.

The Story

My family lives with Alzheimer’s Disease. It’s my Dad who has the diagnosis and we’ve lived with it for about three years. Some days are better than others. Yesterday was our worst day so far. And… I freaked out. When we crossed the threshold between crisis and normal, I was a real mess. Sobbing and feeling completely frantic, I did the only thing I knew to do. I sat down at the keyboard and started writing. The fear just rolled right out of me onto the page and before I realized it, I had written about it all. I had laid my heart out there for everyone in the world to see. I’m not even sure that I spell checked the article and I don’t want to go back now and look. I’ll just be humiliated all over again. When I hit the publish button, I realized that I had opened a new chapter of our life as a family and said to all who would read it – “we are falling apart”. I may as well have sent out invitations to the pity party. But instead, I drowned myself in a hot shower, put on my grungy comfort clothes, pulled a blanket over me and had a good old-fashioned cry. Yep, the ugly cry, as Oprah describes it. And then, I was done. Finished. Time to move on.

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Who Came To My Pity Party?

I’m okay today but this story would not be complete if I didn’t tell you about my real friends because they are absolute treasures. People can say what they will about Internet friends but I have proof that Internet friends can be the best friends you'll ever have. They care and they are there when you need them. You don’t have to put on makeup because they are coming over and you don’t have to make excuses for why you want them to leave. They simply come, offer their friendship, and then leave you alone. What could be a better than that?

So, here we go. I’m going to tell you a tiny bit about my friends but I want you to click on the links to them and get to know them yourself. Trust me, they are worth the time. The friends I speak of are writers but that’s only a small part of who they are. Mostly, they are just phenomenal people who care about others. And, they walk their talk. So, grab a cup of coffee or whatever pleases you and get comfortable. This might take a while but my friends deserve the best.

My Friend Maria

Maria (aka marcoujor) was the first to arrive with words of support and genuine concern. She’s a nursing instructor who lives in Pennsylvania and is not only an award winning writer but she is also the interview queen. She knows how to ask a question that will pull all your secrets out into the light. She knows all about grace and gratitude and she has a real appreciation for life and the struggles we all endure from time to time. Oh, and she loves music.

Maria walked in and assessed me as only a nursing instructor and caring human being could. She knew my blabbering article was cathartic for me and had to be written and, she knew me well enough to know that I wrote it in hopes of helping someone else. That, is a friend who knows who you really are. Maria, it was no accident that you arrived first and I am so grateful for your understanding and wisdom. I adore you.

My Friend Bill

Bill (aka billybuc) was right on Maria’s heels and that was no less than I should have expected from him. He’s always there for me with a word of encouragement or support for some of my crazy ideas. Bill is my kindred spirit, my alter ego in male form. It’s been that way between us from the very beginning. Bill, is a teacher, seriously. He taught in the school system for years and years and now, he teaches anyone who wants to learn. He does it through his wit and amazing skill of writing. And he makes it personal. Bill never met a stranger. Residing in Olympia Washington, Bill exudes compassion and abhors social injustice. Those are just some of the reasons that I adore him.

I think Bill is chained to his keyboard for about 20 hours a day. He must be to get all that writing done. He has a published book and is working on another. He has several blogs that he updates daily, and, he writes at least a daily article on Hubpages. Oh, and did I mention he has a business writing SEO for private customers. I don’t know how he does it and still helps all the new writers learn the ropes on Hubpages too. When I publish something, he’s there commenting on it within minutes. I think his radar works overtime too.

So, when Bill showed up, he knew exactly what to say because he is watching a friend fade into the shadows of Alzheimer’s. When Bill heard about my pity party, he knew I didn’t need a bunch of polite words and he didn’t bother trying to offer them. He did just what I needed him to do and that was show up, hug me, understand me, and send me love. Yep, he’s precious.

My Friend Martin

Martin (aka MHatter99) arrived shortly afterwards. Martin has been a friend from the beginning of my declaration that I was a writer. He lives in San Francisco and has had quite a career. He is smart and funny and he knows how to make a few words count. Martin is an extraordinary romantic poet and, he writes amazing limericks. We’ve shared some common interests since we met here and he’s always got some sound advice. In the middle of my pity party, Martin, in the way that only he could, offered a simple solution to help my family deal with our situation. Is that a friend or what? I like solutions and I like people that offer them instead of sitting back wondering why you didn’t think of it yourself. Martin is another writer that writes a lot and I, for one, save his limericks for later in the evening. It’s good to go to sleep with a grin on your face and a giggle in your heart.

My Friend Faith

Faith (aka Faith Reaper) is my angel. If knowing Faith doesn’t bless your life, then you don’t have a heart. This woman is always there with a blessing of love and prayer for whatever you are facing. I am convinced that she has a direct line to God because I can feel the power of Faith’s prayers whenever she reaches out to me. Faith writes on many topics and she’s also a beauty of a poet. She’s a southern lady who loves her family and will brag about her grandchildren like only a southern grandma can. Faith will wrap you in love and on those days when nothing but a little inspiration or religion will do, Faith has a cup of coffee waiting for you and will welcome you with open arms.

When Faith arrived at my pity party, I took a deep breath and felt the tension leaving. I knew that my fears were in good hands and that all would be okay. How many friends do you know that can do that in person, much less through a fiber optic network? This lady is as good as they come so visit her and plan to sit a while.

My Friend Rema

Rema (aka remaniki) is a new friend but I have to tell you about her because she came to my party with her own story of Alzheimer’s. Rema is from India. What are the chances that we would meet and share such a common fear? Rema showed up offering her concern and compassion as only one who understands could. She writes on a variety of topics from healthy food to travel, introspection to marketing your writing. I am sorry that Rema has to deal with Alzheimer’s but I am so glad to know her and look forward to sharing our journeys in support of each other.

My Friend Mike

Mike (aka mjboomer) hails from the beautiful territory of Oregon. I don’t know him all that well but I’m going to get to know him. He’s the man if you are living with someone who has Alzheimer’s disease. Mike is a gerontologist. I know, some of you don’t know what that is. Well, it’s a health care professional who specializes in the aging population. He has first hand knowledge of this disease too and didn’t let it scare him off. The short hair on his neck probably stood up when he came to my pity party but he didn’t let on. Instead, he shared his story with me, helping me to understand that I wasn’t alone. I can’t tell you how important that is in the face of Alzheimer’s. Mike spends his time helping the aging population manage daily living and that makes him a hero in my book. He doesn’t know it yet but I am going to be his biggest fan and I hope others will too. We need Mike. I certainly did and I will be forever grateful that he came to my party and left breadcrumbs for me to follow him back home.

My Friend Pearl

Pearl (aka grandmapearl) is my friend in the Southern Tier of New York. I call her Pearl but her name is Connie. If you want to know something about birds, Pearl has it for you. The photos and articles she writes are beautiful so please visit her.

Pearl came to my party and validated all my fears. This woman has stories about Alzheimer’s that everyone needs to hear. It’s easy to forget that the person who looks like your loved one doesn’t think like your loved one anymore and the frightening part is that you no longer know what they are capable of. This was what triggered my pity party and when Pearl came through the door, I knew my fears were justified. Bless her for putting real names and real stories of how bad this disease can be if you continue to deny the reality – Alzheimer’s is insidious.

My Internet Friends Are Shining Stars

Yes, I had a pity party and all the right people came. They provided everything I needed to get a more solid grip on reality while providing love, comfort, hugs, prayers and hope. These are real friends and if you think they can’t be found on the world wide web, think again. I walk among some amazing people who I am proud to call friend.

© 2013 Linda Crist, All rights reserved.


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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hello dwachira. I certainly agree with your assessment. Thank you for the visit and for sharing your thoughts.

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    [ Danson Wachira ] 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

    Hi Linda,

    It is amazing how web can unite people from all walks of life, i have met different people over the net and sometimes i get the notion that some can be even worthy that friends that we always see and talk to :-) Voted up and interesting.

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    Linda, aren't there some truly awesome people here? The longer I stay here the more I know it will be impossible to leave. Awesome people find there way here who just happen to also be writers. Thanks for the encouragement and support.

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    Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

    Internet friends are angels in cyberspace. We might never meet them, but they always have a place in our hearts. You, obviously know many of them. Sending positive thoughts to your dad and you.

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Mary! You are so right. Some missed the actual party but they are still showing up to encourage and support this journey my family is on. I knew you would be here eventually and I take great comfort in knowing how my real friends are here on HP and, in life. We have some challenges ahead but we will be okay because of the support of those who care. I called this a pity party because at that moment when I didn't know exactly what to do, I almost ran to the keyboard and started typing. In hindsight, it is really very funny. Mary, thank you for visiting now. I hope you enjoyed your nap. lol

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    Gypsy, thank you so much for your support and visit. I appreciate it more than words can eally say.

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    Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

    What can I say Linda? I must've been sleeping to miss you when you needed support. This family of ours is always there...a member or two might be missing but sooner or later they'll show up.

    Call it a pity part if you will, but it is more a normal human reaction to the stress and love you feel everyday. You are a caring and courageous lady to be going through what you are and still come out smiling and shining. We have always seen our parents as pillars of strength and no amount of aging or illness will let our hearts accept what we are seeing. God bless you and yours as you go through each day.

    Now you've done a beautiful job of writing about your support system here on HP. Wonderful people who are always there, and people we are all proud to know.

    Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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    Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

    Voted up and awesome. Wishing God's blessings for you and your family. You have an incredible and wonderful list of friends. You're lucky to have them. I too treasure my Internet friends. Putting your dad in my prayers. Hugs and passing this on.

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    Leslie, girl, you are a party all by yourself. You have brought a gigantic smile to my face today. As for you sending warm karma, thank you. I think you also sent some cold Canadian air with it though. lol

    Thanks for your support and friendship. I promise to invite you to the next party but girl, you don't need an invitation. Just come as you are, grungies and all.

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    MzB - don't you worry for a minute. I am fine. We are fine. And, we will continue to move forward. But yes, it is very sad at times and frightening. I am so sorry that Mr B is having trouble too. Strokes can certainly have a similar affect, as we have been down that road too with my Mom. All the more reason for us to find pleasure in the moments we have here now! I am sending you light and love!!!!!

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    Karen Silverman 5 years ago

    Oh, Linda - don't be so silly! There is NO need for shame or humiliation here with your hub-buds! I'm sooo sorry i missed the party - pity or not - a party's a party!

    And - i DO believe cyber-friends can be real!

    I hope your family can cope and keep each other's spirits up!

    I am with you there - in spirit, my friend - and sending warm, fresh Karma straight atcha!

    (i love my cozy grungies too...)

    next time you have a party - please invite me - i'd love to be there for you!

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    Doris James-MizBejabbers 5 years ago

    Linda, I too am sorry I missed your pity party. I wish I could be more of a friend right now to you and several of our writer companions, but I am busy fielding legislative bills right and left and have very little time to check HP. I open long enough to see if I need to comment on any of my hubs, which are now growing quite stale, and I have time to read maybe one or two new ones a week. Anyway, I am so sorry that you are having to deal with such a devastating illness. It must be quite painful to watch someone you love depart the earth, but leave their body behind. I can't even imagine how that would be, but it appears that I may soon find out. With each stroke, Mr. B is getting more and more like that. At first we thought it was Alztheimers, but the doctor says it's his strokes and medication. He still drives and acts normal -- at least as normal as he ever acted LOL -- but I have to explain things over and over to him before he can grasp a concept. This is coming from an electrical engineer with a masters degree. Anyway, I may be joining you soon as an active participant in your next pity party. I hope things are better for you now.

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    Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

    Star of Joy...what a fitting and beautiful tribute written to you, Linda!

    Oh, there is never a "horrible" to expressing honest feelings. You can love someone and be exhausted at the same time, indeed even feeling relief for a break, some good hours.

    Love and hugs, Maria

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    Martin, I am speechless and tearful. That is one of the most beautiful things I've ever been given. I am touched beyond words. Stevie Nicks wrote a song once about how every girl wants to have a song written for them. I think every woman would love to have a beautiful poem inspired by them. This really was a beautiful gift. I don't know how I missed it when you first published it but I believe that things usually happen on God's time, not ours. Thank you Martin. As I said in this piece, you are a real friend and I am the blessed one.

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    Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

    for you:

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Jackie, I appreciate you being here and supporting me in one of my lesser fine moments. You are so right that here on HP we have an opportunity to share and have the support of good friends. I appreciate you!

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    Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

    I understand completely since that is what I came here for to start and I really embarrassed myself many times, but I had an ear that is so important. Take advantage of those ears and a kind heart. As you say, they are here!

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    La Thing, You didn't miss much at my pity party. lol I'll throw a happy party one day and make sure you're there. :-) Thank you so much for the encouragement. You're right, one day at a time.

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    Pearl, you are precious. I can believe that your cousing collapsed from the enormity of caring for her loved ones. My brother and I often talk about how we will grieve when this is over for us but, that we will also feel relief. Isn't that horrible to say? I know so many are feeling the same way and that's why we have to help each other. I am so grateful that you have opened the door for us to share.

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    LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

    Oh, Linda, I missed your pity party for some reason..... But I am glad I found this! And I absolutely agree with you about the friend list...... The first four are also my favorite people on hubpages, and I will look into the other ones. I wish you and your family all the best and ease with your father...... I have seen the face of Alzheimer, and there are days that are good and then there are days that are completely out of hand. Just have to take a day at a time. My heart goes out to you my friend.....

    Take care and Hugs,


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    Connie Smith 5 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

    Linda, I am so glad that my my personal experiences were of help to you. Several times my cousin, who is a very strong person, was overwhelmed by this insidious disease that plagued her Mom. In fact, she admitted to me that when she had both my aunt and uncle settled in to the nursing home, which was to be their new home for the next several years, she actually collapsed in the hallway on the way to her car. The enormity of everything suddenly hit her and she was literally floored!

    I know too well what you are facing; and I am so glad I am here for you my friend!


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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    lol MH - blushing??? You??? Too funny. To answer your question, I try to read everything you publish but if I read something relating to "me", I misssed it. Can you point me to it? I would love to read it.

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    Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

    Look at you... making an egotist blush. :)) Thank you, thank you thank you. Did you ever see the poem I wrote with you in mind?

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    Dear Faith. And that is exactly why I feel the way I do about you. Hugs and love to you too.

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    Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

    Oh me, now the tears are flowing again, sweet friend, my dearest Linda,

    I certainly do believe in true friendships via Internet, and you my precious heart, are no doubt one of them! Your writing here, poured straight from you warm heart, has blessed me this day. I thank God for you . . . a genuine and beautiful person with one of the biggest hearts around in HP Town!!! Every time I see your beautiful big warm smile pop up, it just warms my heart to no end.

    Hey, when it comes to our beloved parents, and seeing them going through what you are seeing, you are welcome to come over to my corner of HP Town any time for lots of HUGS and love . . . it is unending from me to you. Please know I am keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers each day.

    Still sending lots of (((HUGS)))) and love your way, Love you, Faith Reaper

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    mckbirdbks - hi!@ "Posse" is a fitting description, isn't it? lol Thank you so much for the visit and for your comment about my Dad. He is such a special person that certainly did nothing to deserve this disease. I took him the doctor today and throughout our 4 hours together, he repeatedly me how much he loved people and that if you treated people well, it would be returned to you. He talked about how throughout his life he had watched people who did the right thing and tried to make that a part of who he was. It wasn't enough to say you were good, you had to live it. What a precious man he is and I am so lucky to be his daughter. Thank you so much for reminding me of how blessed I am.

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    Dear Martie, I see why Maria calls you sistah. What a big heart you have and I humbly accept your offer of friendship. I feel like I've been invited to join and elite sisterhood. Your message warms my heart and although I don't know what took so long for us to meet, I will trust that for every thing there is a time and a season and now, we are friends. That, is all that matters. Thank you so much for your kindness.

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    Pearl, this hub is long overdue and if it took a crisis to get me here, then it is worth it. Oh yes, I am smiling today because I really do feel so very blessed. You will never know how much your message a couple of days ago meant to me. There are times when this disease makes you feel like you're the one that is losing your mind You came along just in time to rescue me from those thoughts and I will be forever grateful. I appreciate you so much more than you know.

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    Mark, my friend, I'm so happy you stopped by. Although you missed my party, you are here today and I feel your support. My fear was so real that I'm sure it will take me a little time to get back to normal but with such amazing friends (both those who came and those who missed the party), I'll be fine. Thank you for being here - TODAY.

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Eric - I couldn't agree more about internet friends. Hubpages has brought some wonderful people together and I have never felt more support than what has been shared through this network. Thank you for being a part of it all, even if you did miss the party. Oprah's got nothing on me when it comes to the ugly cry. lol

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    Precious Randi - I am sorry you missed the party too. Well, not really. It was not pretty, I can promise you that. But I am so happy that you came by today. You are always a ray of sunshine and I appreciate your supportive comment. You always have just the right words and I think you're an awesome friend, even if you did miss the party. :-)

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hello faythef! Your cyber HUG is humbly accepted and appreciated. I hope you never have to face this demon called Alzheimer's but if you do, I hope I will know a lot more than I know now and can offer you support as you have done for me today. Thank you!!!

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Jim! I'm sorry you missed the party but here you are today and you are fast becoming one of my favorite people. Thank you for stopping by and lending your support. It means a lot. I'll send invitations in advance next time I throw a party.

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    Bill, the truth will set you free. lol I didn't do a thing with this one except tell the truth. From grim to grateful in the space of a night. Isn't life amazing? I really am so grateful for our friendship and the pity part was just the catalyst I needed to write one of these hubs about my spectacular friend. It was overdue.

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    mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

    That is a darn nice posse that showed up in support of you at that slimmest moment of your need. Your Dad appreciates your strength and is sorry he is putting you through this.

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    Martie Coetser 5 years ago from South Africa

    I agree wholeheartedly with you, Irc, Internet friends can be - no, they ARE - the best friends we'll ever have. Marcoujor is my 'sista' in CyberSpace since 8 July 2011 and I don't know words to describe my love for her and utmost appreciation. She is always 'there', no 'right here' in my computer, to give me the moral and emotional support I need to be just me.

    My heart goes out to you in your circumstances. Really, it takes a lot of emotional and physical energy to meet all the challenges in your circumstances. Having access to the Internet, being able to write, able to share our happiness and sorrow with kindred spirits all over the world, is the most wonderful opportunity - almost like living in a kind of heaven. I mean, in real life, how many kindred spirits will we find in our immediate region? Minus zero, for most of us.

    Irc, I am glad we have met via Mar's interview, and I hereby present myself to you as a friend you can always rely on. Once my friend, always my friend.... until YOU block me.

    Oh, and just hold on in there and do the RIGHT thing. You've managed to do this up to now, and that means that you ARE able to do it forever and a day.

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    Mark G Weller 5 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

    Hi Linda, I am not sure how I missed your "Pity Party" but this article is great. Giving thanks and recognition to your friends is a good thing!


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    Eric Dierker 5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

    Just plain wonderful. I think some writers are being so humanistic that they are changing and regaining a place. They are not internet friends, they are friends we know through our writing. I suppose much like in olden days where distance meant we could only communicate in letters.

    Your hub just gives me a warm feeling. Thank you

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    Connie Smith 5 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

    I feel so blessed to have a true internet friend like you! Facing this disease as you do, I can personally relate to your fears and anxieties. But,what a wonderful way to start the day! I'm so glad you are feeling better, and that you poured your heart out to your friends. It was a necessary step forward in your journey. I could feel the 'smile' in your words, which makes me happy as well.

    Thank you so much my friend.


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    Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

    Oh, Linda, I am so sorry I missed your pity party but you certainly did have some of the best supporters ever. I am also so sorry that you and your family have to deal with such a difficult, heartbreaking disease. I also believe in the power of the internet and specifically hubpages. This is a nurturing, supportive group. I am so glad you are feeling better today

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    Faythe Payne 5 years ago from USA

    Your friends are awesome..and so are you.....I really know nothing about alzhiemers, I hope I never need to, Sending you a big fat cyber *(HUG)*. I am sure of one thing..your article this one and the other will help many people..

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    Jim Higgins 5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

    It is obvious from reading this that internet friends can be real and comforting friends. There are many good people on HP, and it is a real community.

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    Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

    I would say you have a pretty cool group of friends. LOL And look it, Maria and I are first and second again. How funny is that?

    You are one of a kind, Linda, and you will always have special friends wherever you do. I cherish you and I hope you know that.

    Oh yes, thank you for the kind words. It's pretty easy being your friend.



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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    See Maria, there you are, first on the scene again. Honey, I didn't do a thing here except state the facts. You are a treasure!

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    Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

    Oh you sweet lady...putting tears of love and gratitude in my eyes first thing this morning...And I thank you.

    I believe in Internet friendship and I know I count you as one of my most precious blessings...this piece is as beautiful as you.

    Love you, Maria


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