Recently, a gleek whose writing I was looking forward to almost did something serious. She nearly attempted to commit suicide. This was a result of continued bullying for her appearance by a repulsive, poisonous individual.
I want you all to promise me something. Never take your own life.
Life is tough, and sometimes it can become entirely unbearable, but you are worth it. You deserve to live, to be happy, to have a family that love you, to make friends, to celebrate, to have wonderful experiences, to laugh. Don't you dare ever let anyone else tell you otherwise, because you have just as much right, if not more right than some, to be on this planet and to be alive.
I am honestly proud of her for making the decision not to kill herself. I'm equally proud that she is now moving away from this abusive individual to start afresh.
You are always a thousand times the human being any bully can ever hope to be and don't forget it.
I'm going to talk frankly now about my baby sister Jen. She is in her final year of Sixth Form at the moment (18 to anyone outside the UK), but when she was 13, she developed AT, or Alopecia Totalis, and Scarring Alopecia. This, essentially, meant that during secondary school she lost all the hair on her head and was left with bad scarring on her scalp.
She was ridiculed on a daily basis for her appearance. She got called Frankenstein, mutant, freak, an abomination, and much worse (most of which the admins would probably ban me for). Our parents got told that they should have had her aborted by people who barely knew her. Even if people didn't insult her to her face, they'd whisper behind her back (there were a lot of rumours about whether or not she'd been in a fire/car accident/other incident). She'd come home every evening and more often than not end up crying.
We moved around a lot for three years, until we finally found an accepting school environment. After explaining her condition, she made friends at her new school and gradually began to feel at home again. Sure, there are still those who mock her, but she's now got the confidence and support to turn round and laugh at them. We tease her and she brushes insults off like they were water. This year, she's graduating after completing her A Levels to do a degree in Biochemistry.
She's my biggest inspiration, and I honestly could not be more proud of how strong she is.
No matter how dark things got, Jen would always say that there's a light to guide you through. She believed things would get better and swore not to give up, regardless of how bad things were. And I believe that anyone else suffering from hard times can get through them too, with a little perseverance, belief and support.
If you are being bullied or facing a difficult time in your life, please talk to someone about it! Your parents, family, friends, teachers, councillors, support groups, medical officials, hell, even the Samaritans phone lines want to help you! They are there to get you back on your feet. If any of you ever want or need to talk to someone on the outside of the situation, leave a message on my wall and I'll PM you. I promise here and now to be supportive and mature regardless of your problem.
Our personal lives are always more important than anything online and it is most important that if you are experiencing problems that you focus now on making a full recovery and beginning to believe in yourself. This wiki will wait for a later time and all of us will still be there however many weeks, months, or years down the line. :)
You get back on your feet now and move forward. Baby steps.
Just know that no matter how dark things get, I will always love you and cherish your existence, even if I don't know you that well. You are special. And I am so unbearably proud of you. Take care of yourself, and I will be here for support, always.
Love, always, Danny xxxxx
P.S. Kudos to you if you read the entire thing, firstly. And secondly, I'm so sorry that I haven't updated GLEE:TSG yet! I am going to as soon as my laptop's back from the Computer Doctors, and as soon as I'm back on my feet (I've come down with glandular fever, and I didn't even get it the cool way! :( But nothing serious and on the road to recovery). Please don't give up on the fic, I swear I'll post the chapter soon. Pinky promise!