Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Full Circle

Three years ago, this month, I was in a horrible place. After a year of doctor visits, tests, procedures, a surprise pregnancy and miscarriage, I didn't know where to turn. Friends and family didn't know what to say to me, and frankly, were tired of hearing me go on about it. Finally, with nowhere else to turn, I came across Resolve and looked to see if there was a support group locally. There was not. However, I emailed the local contact person and asked if there was a chance of a West Valley group starting up. Surprisingly, within 10 minutes I (and several others) had an email from her detailing the start up of a new group in my area the following Monday. After I actually received a response to my first email I realized that our emails had just gotten crossed and it was just a weird fluke (or was it?) that just as I reached out for help it came my way.

So, a few days later I quite nervously set out for my first meeting. Since the group was just starting it was only me and the leader that night. It helped so much to sit and talk with someone who truly "got" it. Month after month I kept going and the group grew.

Eventually I stopped attending, once I got over (however "over" a person can get) my second miscarriage and had Andy to attend to. I did keep in touch with a few of the girls, as you may remember if you saw my post and pictures a month or two ago about a reunion we had.

Shortly after that I was asked by the leader of the group if I would take over the group as she would be stepping down. After thinking about it for a little while I decided to do it. The first meeting was a few weeks ago, and just like when I started, it was just me and one other gal. I was blessed to hear her story, and honored that I am in a position to offer understanding and support. Our next meeting is on Monday evening, and our group should be little larger. I'm looking forward to this next part of the journey and being able to offer support and understanding, which can be so difficult to come by sometimes.

12 comments:

  1. That is just awesome, Chrsity. Seriously. I wish I had a support group in my area when we started ttc. It would have made the world of difference, I think. Thank goodness for the blog world, or I don't know what I would have done!

    They are lucky to have you. :-)

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  2. Congratulations Leader!!! That is so super exciting! I wish my area had a group.

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  3. How awesome! What a difference you will make in these women's lives.

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  4. Full circle, indeed.

    I think it's great that you've reached a place where YOU can provide support for others!

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  5. That is so awesome--being the support for someone else in need.

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  6. You are amazing to do for others what was done for you!! I hope it is as healing and fulfilling to you now as it was then.

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  7. You will be amazing as leader of the new group. Your support has meant the world to me over these past 3 years. I am so glad we are still in touch. Praying for you as you start this new chapter!

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  8. What an amazing journey you've been through.

    I think it's wonderful you will be able to lend your support to others.

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  9. Anonymous8:06 PM

    How wonderful that you can help so many women who need support and understanding. Congrats on this next step, you will be wonderful!! Laurie

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  10. Wow, you will be an amazing leader. Your compassion, openness, and sensitivity will be so beneficial to other women. I am very interested to hear how this goes for you.

    Funny about your experience joining Resolve... I had heard about it off and on, and was suffering in silence for a long time. Then one day, I decided to reach out and I looked for meeting times online. Lo and behold, there was a meeting scheduled for later that day. Coincidence? I think not...

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  11. That's pretty freaking fantastic. Good on you for stepping up and giving back. I know that I wouldn't have made it through half of this without the DC girls (non-Resolve) and other virtual support (like you ;) )

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