I took a month off of volunteering at the King Henry the King signature shirt. I’ve said no when I’ve felt winded. I have space to feel sadness. Open space to just be. I’m surviving. And this post is a reminder that this too is temporary. I’ve been through several emotional blizzards, but today this speaks to me having almost recovered from my worst MS relapse. It was really the first time I was able to do what I needed to do (rest) with no guilt. When my friend lost her sister to cancer, she talked openly about it—the pain and disbelief, the pressure to move on, the things that helped, and the things that didn’t. There are good days and there are nearly indescribably bad days; she talks about those too.
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Each time my King Henry the King signature shirt, I think to myself, she never wanted to be the messenger; she never wanted to be an expert on grief; she never wanted to know what words, what actions bring a moment of solace to an aching soul. My friend inspires me to share things I feel, experience, and realize, even if they’re not pretty. Sometimes my words don’t come out the way I want them to; sometimes there are typos; sometimes I reveal “too much” for some and “not enough” for others. But then one person will say, “I needed that or I thought it was just me or That gives me hope. That is when I’m reminded that the stories we feel most inclined to keep to ourselves are the stories that most need to be shared.