Awesome discovery, introduced to me by friend B: Pandora's Aquarium. It's an online support group and resource site for survivors of rape and sexual abuse. I mentioned it last week, it's true, but I didn't actually join up until a few days ago. Within minutes of my membership approval, I was warmly greeted by members from all over the world. It's a fabulous community, with many sub-communities based on the type of abuse, what stage you're at in your healing, etc. I've been really enjoying the J.O.Y. (for older survivors) Group -- oy, get me my walking cane! -- and it's been really great to be able to talk with folks going through the same things, and being able to offer support for other folks.
And, just when I was hitting the bottom of the barrel, depression-wise, feeling sorry for myself that I was (yet again) alienated from my family in the season that's supposed to be spent with family, I got this letter from my niece in Friday's mail (she'd even addressed the envelope all by herself!):
That's all the awesome I've been able to conjure in this frame of mind, folks. Will try to pick my ass off the floor in time for a truly awesome round of awesomeness next week!
In the meantime, have a fabulous holiday, and hug the ones you love. I'm going to go collect one of those hugs from my awesome-hugger husband. Which makes three awesome things reported on today. :-)