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My posts discuss communities out there, information you share with me, conversations happening all around us, and sometimes even your own words and messages. Sure many posts are in my voice, but it's only by telling you about myself and reading about you that we bond with each other. "My" experiences aren't about me as Jenny, but me as a patient, employee, student, volunteer, wife, daughter, and activist.
I mean it when I say "UII" is about "we", the community of chronic patients, family, friends, and caregivers who represent so much of our society. In meeting you through "UII", I've gained so much. I have new insight into my own ideas and aspirations - like confirming that I should continue "UII" and take it to the next level. You've helped me refine my goals - like realizing it is appropriate to narrow the scope of "UII" enough to provide more focused and valuable resources. You've shown me how little I know on my own - like the value of social media outlets and health options I never dreamed existed.
Like Sarah, I need to thank you, for sharing your experiences, knowledge, dreams, fears, and lives with me. Thank you for answering questions, steering me in new directions, and bringing others into the conversation.
Thank you for reminding me I'm not crazy when, like Sarah, I find myself surrounded by those who would convince me otherwise.
Thank you for 2 years, 1 month, 3 weeks, and 6 days of the best education on Earth. For an educational program from which I hope I never graduate. For great laughs, better ideas, and blessing me with your friendship. For loving me for the little I am, calling me to be more, and never making me feel that I'm not enough. You're special people who take "UII" from a fantasy of mine to a reality of ours, and I'm glad we've met.