Each year as I prepare to do the Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk, I am blown away by the outpouring of support I receive. So far I am more than halfway to my goal and there are only two months until the walk. But, it isn’t just financial backing that means so much to me. Each and every person who I have shared my story with, and has still welcomed me with open arms, I thank you. For the friends who are there in the latest hours of the night, in the darkest times of my life, I thank you. For those who constantly reach out to me, to tell me how proud they are of me, and how they believe in me, I thank you.
Because it is so much more than just this journey of 18 miles. This is my life story. This is my passion. And every single person who sows into me, is fanning the flame within me. With my amazing support system behind me… I know I can do this. I know I can walk through the night, even if I have to fight my body to do so. I know that I can stand up and continue to be brave with my story. I know that I can continue to push forward and reach for my dreams. I know that I can continue to celebrate important milestones of recovery, and they are as important to me as they are to those who love me.
When the dark days come, and pain tries to destroy me… all I have to do is look around and know that I am never alone. I am blessed to be surrounded by the people that I love, and who love me without condition.
So thank you for being a part of this journey.
Not only for the Overnight.
The Journey of life.