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I have been asked to take over this group, so I will give it my best effort. Input is always appreciated, for I know that we are all in this together. It isn't "my" group. It is "our" group. That keeps me humble, and humbleness is my greatest desire to help me to steer the wheel, so to speak, that has been handed over to me. Not a natural leader, I'm stepping out of my comfort zone. So bear with me as we all continue this journey.

Our group used to meet at the Troy Public Library for the chance to discuss our thoughts and feelings, but the hustle and bustle of that library often led to competing sounds from the other side of the wall. It became a bothersome distraction.

I realize that this support group was at risk, at risk for disbanding, yet it does continue, pushing past the point of uncertainty. That said, I just want to make a few things clear to everyone in the group. First of all, this group is peer led, not professionally led. It is not counseling, nor is it meant to be. I also need to tell myself these two things, as well as anyone else in the group. #1 It isn't meant to fix anyone. #2 It will not provide all the answers that maybe you are looking for, not a one-size-fits-all. What may be helpful to one person may possibly help another, but it also might not. In that respect, we are not accountable onto another unless we choose to be.

I certainly have not "arrived" as I make my way through this road called life, with all its bumps, turns, roadblocks, and crossroad experiences. We are all on the same road together, yet we all come from different walks of life, and everyone has their own story. My hope is that everyone can get something out of it, comfort and growth and understanding. You cannot have truth without compassion, and those two qualities are what I desire to be the foundation of our gathering time in which we can lay down our thoughts, feelings, wishes and hopes.

My only request is this: If you say you will show up, and you decide (for whatever reason) that you cannot, change your RSVP. Back out properly. Sure, there are things that happen, but a chronic "no-show" is what I am talking about. Someone else, who really may want to go, could possibly miss out when he or she could have taken your place. That said, I won't just instantaneously remove anyone from the group without attempting to have a personal talk with the individual. He or she may really have something deeper going on than what meets the eye.

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