I just want to say a HUGE thank you to every one who has written me, shared my essay, tweeted, Facebook-ed, commented on Salon, etc. over the past few days.
Your messages of support mean the absolute world to me - I was really scared to publish this essay and you've all made me very, very glad that I pressed send.
To everyone who has written because they experienced something similar: THANK YOU. I am reading your messages and will respond to all of them (it might just take me a while). Also, remember: you are not alone.