I always knew that this process would be emotional, and this week being in Seattle has kicked that into high gear. I've seen a lot of friends and coworkers that I haven't seen since this process has started and every one has taken the time to ask me how things are going, ask questions, provide advice or just tell me that they enjoy reading this blog. The overwhelming sense of support I feel is indescribable.
When I decided to blog about this, it was mostly for me and Dave said that people probably won't read it anyways. Knowing that people are reading it and want to know more warms my heart. I do see some analytics via blogger on the number of page views and visitors but I don't know who the people are. Being told first hand that people are enjoying reading about this journey provides validation that I don't need, but it sure is good to hear.
The oddest feeling for me though came on Monday evening. My friend called to tell me that she received the package of paperwork to provide a reference, it was great talking to her but the emotional outpouring came later that night when I read her blog. I never really thought about what friends would think when we asked them to be a reference but reading how it made her feel made me want to cry, but not in a bad way. I knew there were likely going to times I felt like crying on this journey, I just didn't think that this would trigger the first time I felt this way.
I know that this is only the beginning and we may have a long road ahead, it is very reassuring to know we have so much support.