My Dad had a major illness scare this week. Without going into a lot of details, the basic issues are this: Dad has had cancer in the past, they found a new tumor, they took it out, it turned out to be benign. It was a scary week, and recovery from the surgery will take quite awhile, but he's going to be okay.
The reason why this belongs on the blog is that I have been posting to my friends on twitter about this all week, and the support I have gotten there has been enormous. I was really scared by this whole situation (Dad is only 60, and I love him a lot) and talking about it there and seeing the supportive tweets come back was really important to me.
My parents found out I was kinky when I was a teenager, and they FREAKED OUT. When I was 18 I told them it was a phase and I'm over it.... and as far as they know that is still the case.
Today I saw not one or two, but a 14 kinksters responded to my message announcing that the tumor was benign. All of them were supportive, knowing how important this news was to my family. Most were people I know well in the non-digital world.
When my parents found out I was interested in kink as a teenager, they thought I would connect with people who were a danger to me. Instead, I have connected with people who care deeply not only about myself, but about my whole family.