Today, To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA) turns eight.
I first learned about TWLOHA on Myspace. I think the year was 2007. I learned about TWLOHA at a time when I felt alone, lost, discouraged and hopeless. My life was spiraling downward, and I didn’t see a way out.
From the moment I read the story that inspired the movement, I myself was moved. TWLOHA gave me hope and inspired me to take my recovery seriously. It wasn’t always easy, and there were times when I was moving backwards. But I never gave up because I knew that recovery was possible. I learned that people need people, and we need to share our stories. The stories of hope and recovery were what got my through it all. I don’t think I’d be here today without those stories.
Eight years after TWLOHA was founded, I still struggle. I’m not 100% better, and I don’t think I’ll ever be. But I’ve always known that. I always knew that even when I was better, I would still struggle. And that’s okay. But now I know when to ask for help and when to lean on others. I know now that I don’t have to go through it alone.
I’m so thankful for everything TWLOHA has done over the past eight years. From concerts to blog posts to speaking engagements. All of it has mattered. Their story matters. Their mission and vision matter. And because all of that, I know I matter too.
I’ll leave you with an excerpt from TWLOHA’s vision statement:
“The vision is the possibility that your best days are ahead. The vision is the possibility that we’re more loved than we’ll ever know. The vision is hope, and hope is real. You are not alone, and this is not the end of your story.”
To learn more about TWLOHA or how to get help, visit www.twloha.com