As I sat here thinking about my experience on Shine, I realized it has been a little over a year since my injury to my left knee, and right shoulder.
A year ago, I could not even feed myself, because it was so painful to lift my arm and hand. This is when I started my journey on Shine. Having to totally be dependent on my family gave me such a different insight to life. I have met and been blessed with too many to mention. Saying “thank you” just cannot express what I feel in my heart.
Yesterday, one of the friends I haveÂ known the longest said something in an email that brought back so many memories. I remember laughing until I cried overÂ some of our posts. I remember sharing the joys, blessings, pain and the uncertainty of this last year.
Last year I was in a wheelchair, not able to walk. She told me yesterday, soon, I would be like a butterfly.
This also reminded me of an email I received about the struggle of a butterfly when emerging from it’s cocoon. SomebodyÂ tried to help, by opening the cocoon to release the butterfly. However,Â the butterfly’s wings needed to be strengthened by it’s “fight”Â for it’s own for freedom. The butterfly died because it was released by the well meaning person.
This is my tribute to one of Shine’s finest women and friends, m@r!@, who has been there for me, motivating my wings to get strong and fly.