And man is that a great place to be.

I have stories. Stories that need to be told, but I keep silent in fear of being attacked.

The fear of being stalked and attacked by my bullies on my blogs is - no, was - so great that I let it control me. I let them dictate what I would share and how I would share it.

Then, I found The Band. I tested the waters, offering a post here, then another anonymously, and then more.

I shared my bullying story during the carnival.

I read in my email. I see the support.

And I feel the strength.

There's something to be said for the strength of The Band.

I'm testimony to it.

This year, I decided my bullies be damned. I started my blog with a purpose, and I'm not going to let anyone distract me from that. My suicide story reached someone and touched them, enough that they gave it recognition. This is what I set out to do.

I don't want to be just another humor blogger. I have a heart. I have a story. I've had a screwed up life that molded me into the woman I am today.

And thanks to the strength of The Band, I am no longer afraid to share it.

Thanks, The Band. You have NO idea how you have helped free me.