I have a friend I haven’t seen or heard from in close to fifteen years. I’ve wondered all this time if she was doing okay. I couldn’t find her in the telephone white pages, but thanks to the internet, I found out she is doing better than okay. I’m glad, as I was worried about her. She has been in a wheelchair since she was in her 20’s. The result of an insect bite that left her in a coma. She was in the hospital for a year and nearly died. When I met her, through a mutual friend, she lived alone in a small apartment. Except for physical and occupational therapy, she really didn’t do much. She was funny, personable and fiercely independent…and lonely, even though she was sort of dating the guy upstairs. I tried to get her to go out with me, but she wasn’t interested. Said I was too old..lol.
Anyway, I looked her up on the internet the other day. Just googled her name. I was surprised to find a ton of photos on social media. When I last spoke with her, she didn’t even own a computer. Had no idea how to use one. She went back to school and is an advocate for those with disabilities. I am so proud of her. I was afraid that she was still alone in her tiny apartment. She has accomplished more than I ever thought she would. I haven’t been able to find her email address. I would love to say hello.