Many of you have emailed and left comments. I have not had the ability to respond. Every time I think of the tragic accident and the loss of my friend, I begin to cry again. However, I wanted everyone to know that, I am coping with the loss. It will take some time. My friend was such a major part of my life, I just feel a void right now that can’t be filled. I don’t think it can ever be filled, but I am trying to focus on the happy memories and what a wonderful and loving person he was. I met with a counselor today and will be having weekly counseling sessions for the foreseeable future. It’s something I’ve needed to do for a while to deal with some of my own issues but I’d never felt the need because my friend was the best counselor anyone could ever have. There was nothing we couldn’t tell each other. Talking about him and getting to know some of his other friends better has also helped. I still burst into tears, but I can at least speak without sobbing and my appetite has finally returned. So, I am coping the best I can. I’m still not up to blogging right now, but I felt I should just give a quick update on how I was doing.

About Joe

I began my life in the South and for five years lived as a closeted teacher, but am now making a new life for myself as an oral historian in New England. I think my life will work out the way it was always meant to be. That doesn't mean there won't be ups and downs; that's all part of life. It means I just have to be patient. I feel like October 7, 2015 is my new birthday. It's a beginning filled with great hope. It's a second chance to live my life…not anyone else's. My profile picture is "David and Me," 2001 painting by artist Steve Walker. It happens to be one of my favorite modern gay art pieces. View all posts by Joe

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