From someone who felt the need to connect with our http://waiting.comcommunity:
“The hardest part of waiting is the feeling of being alone. No matter how many people surround me, I feel alone. I push people away, don’t feel like talking to anyone, yet I am forced to talk. I feel rudest to those closest to me. Its hard how suddenly your the center of attention and it feels inadequate. I’ve learned that people don’t know what to say to you so they offer their help. They want to do something for you, and you should let them. It is hard as all hell in the beginning, but as you go on, you learn that it will be less of a stress to you. Let your friends in. Support is what you need. Take it when you can get it. Call people, talk to people.”
waiting.com began as the merging of two ideas more than 11 years ago. First, provide as much information as possible to those who were actually waiting in a trauma center waiting room. Two, create a virtual connection to those who had gone thru it before, to those who were going thru it now. When it went online in 1997, it was the first time something like it had ever been done online, not just in brain injury, but in any field. To this day, it is the idea for which I am most proud.
Thank you Y Uribe for your contribution. We will soon add it permanently to the Bridge from Despair.