So, today is my father’s birthday (he committed suicide in 2001) and I just woke up to the BEST e-mail! It even had an old picture of my dad attached!! I haven’t been on here in a while, as I have been busy walking again! Yes! I have gone a few days without my cane! In June, I was using a walker! Extremely hard work , sometimes falling (figuratively and literally), and never ever giving up have been key. I am well aware of what it’s like to be at the bottom spiritually, mentally, and physically. And no, I would change NOTHING; not my father’s suicide, not my disability, not my bipolar disorder. They have made me extremely empathetic and forced me to work EXTREMELY hard for what I have. With as atrocious as my past has been, I am that much full of elation and joy today! As you probably know, I had horrible substance abuse and anorexia and bulimia in the past. I would change NOTHING! Know that , like the phoenix, anyone can rise from the ashes! I am NOT unique! I have many made many mistakes and have a sordid past. I still have good and bad days; realize NO ONE is perfect. All we can do is our best; accepting our frailties and realizing it’s completely OK to mess up. To be human is to err; to succumb is a choice. I encourage everyone to choose love, joy, and happiness and accept your flaws! Happy birthday Dad!