My Twitter Life by @HopeandPray2013

This week Michelle, who tweets as @HopeandPray2013 shares her Twitter story with us. If you haven’t signed up to Twitter yet, you can do so here.

057I joined the world of Social Networking around November 2011.  One of my close friends recommended twitter as a way of gaining support and making friendships.  I will be honest, I was quite apprehensive about it.  I decided to join and told myself I would probably wait a week or two before deleting it.

What would I talk about? How would I find people? How can I communicate using 140 characters? I told myself I wouldn’t enjoy it.  Little did I know twitter would become my biggest support!

I have lots of lovely wonderful friends, they have always been there for me during the good times and also the hard times. Friendship is something I don’t take for granted, I know how lucky I am. The majority of my friends have been there for me during my infertility battle. Some friends got it more than others, I imagine that is normal. Some friends were very understanding, they always said the right things. However some were not so understanding but that’s a whole new post … Lol!

My twitter account was originally to help support me through my IVF and infertility battle. It is now supporting me through my adoption journey. 

Twitter has made such a difference in my life. I currently have 483 twitter friends. I can honestly say I would be LOST without these women/men in my life. No matter what time of day/night I know someone will be there for me. When I lie in my bed worrying at 3 O’clock in the morning all I have to do is pick up my phone and I am guaranteed to have a friend standing by. I have so many different people on my twitter account:

• People who have adopted or just starting the process.
• People who have been adopted.
• Adoption support networks.
• People going through IVF and other fertility treatments.
• People who have closed the door on fertility and moved onto other avenues.
• People who have children without fertility treatments.
• People who have made the difficult decision to live child free.
All of these people are individuals with their own stories to tell. We are all so different but have so much in common. We cry together through the hard days and we laugh together through the happy days. We are united in our own joy, heartache and grief. I get it, they get it, WE GET IT!

I will always remember lying in my hospital bed miscarrying.  Who was there for me at 4am? You guessed it – my twitter friends! The support and love I received filled my heart with joy and hope. More recently I have received incredible support as I start out on my journey to adopt. I have gained so much knowledge and understanding through tweeting people that have already went through the process. In fact I told social services that my biggest support comes from social networking.  I will be forever grateful to the people that have welcomed me into their world and lifes.

We might not know each other in ‘real life’ but I believe some of these people know me better than some of my close friends. They listen to me, they laugh with me and they cry with me and I thank them for that. I honestly look forward to sharing my journey with you all. TWITTER ROCKS!

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