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Meeting went really well :) I was a little nervous going into it. I've never been to a support meeting of any kind, so honestly, didn't know what to expect. But everything about it was warm and inviting. The house, where it was held, was beautiful and homely, and the people were incredibly informative and supportive. Not gonna lie, I got a tiny bit emotional (but managed to keep that potential gongshow under wraps) because I was just so overwhelmed. From what? I'm not sure. Maybe it was because I was surrounded by people who...understood what we were going through. Maybe it was because everything just kind of caught up to me. Or maybe it was because we were all on the same path, fighting for ourselves and for each other. Who knows? As the meeting proceeded, I felt myself get slightly annoyed (not sure if that's quite the right word there...) because there were member(s) who seemed like quite the Debbie Downers. I thought to myself, "why is he complaining so much? Why is he being so negative?" etc. etc. But as the meeting continued, it dawned on me that maybe this was the only place where these people COULD vent a little, where they could complain and talk about their experiences with people who would genuinely understand. Because, as great as it is to get support from others, I don't think they will truly be able to understand what you and your family have gone through unless they, too, have gone down that road as well. So I get it now, and I suppose that's what a support group is there for, right? To be able to have someone to lean on, to lift the heavy weights off your shoulders (even if for just a moment), and to release your frustrations out into the world. Everyone is fighting their own battle, but we ALL are fighting the same war. The war to fight off this BEAST and find a CURE.