A friend shared this story today, and I was very moved by it. It was a wonderful reminder of the power of acceptance. Although the story centers around the person receiving acceptance, for who she is, for me, the take-home message is about the significance of being accepting of others. Specifically, this line drove that home:
"Her love had given me the final affirmation to move forward and become the person I was always meant to be."
Thank you to everyone who has supported me, and continue to support me. You have helped me become the person I was meant to be. I will do my best to pay it forward.