Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Community

Before I started blogging, I sat on the sidelines a lot and watched from a distance. I would lurk on other peoples blogs but never left comments.

I was on Twitter, but only followed around 30 people and had half the followers.

One of my favourite blogs however, was Alright Tit, by the amazing Lisa Lynch. I didn't follow her blog from the beginning, far from it. I came in about a year down the line and read that blog word for word. Post for post. It was incredible. She was incredible.

Lisa fought with breast cancer at the age of 28. After beating it once, it came back. With a bitch of a vengeance.

Despite this, Lisa continued to blog, tweet and make us all laugh through her own fight with The Bullshit. Without meaning to, I got sucked in. I was so desperate for Lisa to beat her illness, despite her knowing she never would. Every post was like a breath of fresh air, knowing that she was still fighting despite the pain she was in.

Sadly, today we found out that Lisa sadly passed away on Monday 11th March.

I didn't know Lisa personally, we'd only ever spoken very briefly via Twitter, but the news hit me hard. Through her writing and her blog, I felt like we all got to know a part of her. She's left a legacy in her name.

When I started blogging, I never meant to get so involved. It wasn't my intention to make friends and become emotionally attached to people I'd never met. It definitely wasn't planned to cry over the death of someone I didn't know.

The same could be said for the beautiful Jennie Edspire, Mummy of William, Esther and the newest addition to the stars in the sky; Matilda Mae.

Jennie sadly lost her beautiful 9 month old Matilda Mae last month to cot death. There are no answers for Jennie and there are no words to express the intense emotions that have traveled amongst the blogging community. The story of baby Tilda has touched all of us, we all felt the impact.

Since that night, Jennie has received copious amounts of condolences, support and virtual hugs. More so than any of us can ever know.

It just goes to show how much of a community the blogging world is. Without even realising, I have become a part of it.

I have congratulated friends nominated in the MADs, I have felt real joy and cried real tears all in the name of these bloggers that I am proud to know. I am proud to be considered part of their community and most importantly, I am proud to call them my friends.

I don't think you can ever truly understand until you become a part of it. People you've never met become your friends, and you chat regularly with people whom you only know via their own blogs.

Seeing the love and support of the people whose lives Lisa and baby Tilda have touched, shows to me just how special the blogging community is. Whether you're a parent blogger or a fashion blogger, it doesn't matter. We're all in it together. Jennie even had a live Twitter stream showing at Matilda Mae's funeral so we could all show our support. #matildamae trended several times on Twitter showing just how affected everyone was and how far the news traveled.

Lisa has inspired many people and has also encouraged women to check their breasts regularly. She was 28 when cancer struck her, it's never too early to start.

And despite the immense heartache that plagues Jennie every waking moment, she has shown the strength and courage to help others through her heartbreaking honesty and her involvement with FSID's charity

We all have a lot to learn from these women.

Please take the time to visit both of these amazing women's blogs. I promise you, once you start reading, you won't be able to stop.

Rest in Peace Lisa Lynch and baby Tilda x

 
 

15 comments:

Jess @ CatchaSingleThought said...

What a brilliant post, you brought tears to my eyes. It's amazing really, how it's such a great community. I had no idea before I started blogging and I certainly didn't expect to make the friends I have xx.

leoni-fay Bunting said...

I love this post, it's beautifully written, and I couldnt agree more x

Elaine Livingstone said...

yes it is a wonderful community to be a part of. I loved reading your post and will go for a wander round Lisa's blog.

Amanda said...

Such a lovely post, it surprises me just how attached you can become to those you meet without ever having actually met them.

Coombe Mill said...

Such a sad post but so well put together. Thanks for raising awareness.

Misty B said...

Thanks Jess. Me neither, I never thought I would have readers or make friends but I'm so happy I have :)

Misty B said...

Thanks Leoni x

Misty B said...

Thank you. You won't be disappointed. Don't be surprised if you shed a few tears x

Misty B said...

It's amazing isnt it? And just by reading someone's blog you can feel like you know them personally. You just don't expect it

Misty B said...

Thank you. It never hurts to remind people x

Suzanne said...

Such a beautiful post Misty, you express it so well. We have all been massively impactedby Jennie's story in particular. So sad yet it has been heartwarming to see this virtual community comfort One of their own. I would never have imagined that was possible before now, x

Susanne Remic said...

Thanks so much for this. The blogging community really is amazing
xxx

Melksham Mum said...

A lovely post which has hit the nail on the head. Well done and so sorry to hear of another loss x

Louise Fairweather said...

Lovely post. You are right, it is amazing how you have such a bond to people you have never met. I find myself crying a lot. One of the first blogs I read was learnlovelive.co.uk Eric is a friend of my sisters. I have cried a lot over his struggle with motor neurones but he has also raised a lot of awareness just like Lisa and Jennie. As you say RIP Lisa and baby Tilda x

Emily Foran said...

Put so beautifully, I find it really hard to express my new found affection for the community and how proud I am to be a part of people united across the country in good and bad but you've said it all. Xx