― This post is very dear to my heart. ∙ Not only is it written by a friend I have known for eons (and re-connected with a few years ago on Facebook) I had no idea she was going through this when we first met around two decades ago. ∙ I asked my friend to write this piece many weeks ago. She did. I read the piece with tears in my eyes. I did not want to change a thing (why would I? It's her very personal story) and I was ready to post. ∙ Trouble was - ironically - I soon was [...].