But my mistake when I started looking at the comments section on ABC News. Ouch.
For the record, the comments on Babble have been amazing, so thank you if you were one of those commenters. What a beautiful community they have over there! As for ABC News, I had to stop reading immediately. I was instantly reminded that unfortunately there are just horrible, mean, hateful people in this world who have nothing better to do than tear people down for things they simply do not understand. They lurk online for opportunities to pounce to make themselves feel bigger. For every one of these horrible comments, I receive many more kind emails and comments from YOU who understand and who need to know that you are not alone. Ladies who are suffering from infertility (yes, it’s a legitimate suffer), do not read those nasty comments. Those are the people you need to avoid in your lives and set boundaries against.
It’s okay for people to not understand and to ask questions. It’s not okay to be a bully because you simply don’t get it. While this is my struggle, you have your own, and I probably don’t understand it, but I would never ever tear you down for how you feel in that struggle.
To my fellow bloggers who have also been victim to cyber bulling in comments, stand strong, my friends. Stand strong and remember why we write… it’s not just for us, because we know this much transparency can be hard to give up… it’s for the readers who need to know they are not alone. For those who walk along side us and maybe can’t seem to put their thoughts into words… that’s what we’re here for.
And for those who clearly need a lesson in tact: Shame on you. Remember that when you’re using the internet to be publicly mean, it reflects poorly on you and your character, not mine or any other writer you decide to attack. You just made yourself public as a cyber bully, not only by name, but half of your faces are showing up as well. Congratulations!
I don’t regret writing the article. I knew persecution was going to come with my desire to move forward with more freelance writing, and it will continue to happen. But at the end of the day, so many of you come to me with thank yous, and I’m here to thank YOU. Thank you for taking the time to write me, and for being kind. Your words mean to me more than you may know.