A few months ago, I told you about the Facebook support group that I was starting for women coming out later in life. My hopes were that women could finally find a place to really connect with other women on the same path. This blog and the group were born out of my own experiences with loneliness, isolation, and fear as I navigated this path alone.
Well, my hopes were exceeded in every way! The women who have helped me create this community are some of the most courageous, supportive, and all-around beautiful people I have ever known. There are daily instances of them taking their pain and transforming it into strength. It’s a safe place to be vulnerable, but also a place to share laughs and triumphs.
But don’t take my word for it–here is what the ladies themselves have to say about the group:
“This group has truly become a source of support, love, strength, happiness, laughter as well as a place to shed a tear when needed. I really feel connected to the women here. More connected to them than people who I spend most of my time with and have known for years. It really is like a family.”
“This is only my second day as part of this group and I just have to say how very impressed I am with the support, kindness, and authenticity of those who post. I am proud to be with you.”
“This group makes my day like nothing else.”
“I wish it had been around when I was first coming out but the reality is that we can relate and help each other no matter where we are in our personal journeys. Society (usually) understands that some people are straight and some aren’t, but they have a hard time grasping someone who’s straight (or thought they were) into adulthood and things changed later. You all have lived this and will understand, listen and offer support without judgment which is so needed for me!”
“I had researched and read everything I could find to try and understand what was happening to me. It was so amazing to find this group, who validated my experience and embraced me with love and support.”
“I get strength from this group, which makes me have the courage to do the hard things, so one day I can live authentically and just be who I am.”
“This place is more than just a page, its more like a community. A place where women can come together and share their stories without fear of judgement, more like a home where everyone is welcomed.”
“Even though I have never met all of you, this group walked into my life when I really needed it. I have been privileged in knowing truly authentic wonderful women I will likely never meet. The first step happened during this very vivid moment of desperation on a Friday afternoon last month that I will never forget and included jotting down feelings in a notebook and searching for help on the internet. Something (synchronicity) brought me to Andrea Hewitt’s blog and moved me to have the courage to send an email…and in doing this, I learned I am not alone.”
“For a long time I felt so alone/confused/scared by my experience and like I was the only one. Who could I possibly talk to who could really understand what this feels like? This group has helped me feel normal!”
If you are a women who is in the process of coming out later in life, you may want to consider joining our group. Send me an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me a little bit about your situation so that I can make sure you’re a good fit for our group. I look forward to hearing from you and introducing you to this wonderful group of women soon!