Oh, Shannon, there are so many things I’d like to talk with you about, so many things that this article stirred up in me. You wrote an article a while back about not reading the comments left on your stories, and sometimes that’s probably the best idea.

I hope that you WILL write continue to write about your struggles, not just with your weight but with other things you care to write about. You have a special kind of courage that most of us don’t have; you belittle your own considerable gifts (as so many of us women do) and you chalk up your accomplishments to fortune or stubbornness.

The truth is, many of us (myself included) look to you and others like you who show us what’s possible — despite our numerous hang ups, disadvantages, and afflictions. You’ve made me realize that things I never dreamed I could do are actually doable.

We all have times when our defenses collapse, when it seems like life is just too overwhelming to keep fighting. But we turn to others when those times come: maybe real others or perhaps “virtual” others, and we pour our hearts and our fears out to a sympathetic ear. When we’re at our lowest, that ear need not necessarily be public.

When we’ve regained our footing and we’re feeling strong again, we take up our swords and return to the fray. Because that’s how the biggest battles are won.

I wish you peace and contentment. Contact me if you’d like to talk (I’m a member of the S&S show).

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