HAPPY NEW YEAR! BONNE ANNÉE! FELIZ AÑO NUEVO! 

DEAR FRIENDS, FAMILY AND SUPPORTERS,

This year was one of the hardest years of my life. It was also one of the most enlightening and emotionally profound.

After the attack on October 12th left me paralyzed, I didn't know what to do. I was scared of what my life was going to be like. Initially, all I could feel was my fear. I was so angry at my situation, and the man who attacked me. Some days it was hard to breathe.

Then love started to pour in around me- and it poured hard! People were so, so helpful- visiting, sending messages, donations, bringing food, organizing events. People empathized deeply with my pain and wanted to help in any way they could. There is something so beautiful about human beings trying to help other human beings in need.

I can't adequately explain what my heart felt during that time. It was as if- every time someone would visit me, or call me, or send a card, or organize something- I could literally see love surrounding me in my hospital bed. I could feel it, hear it, and breathe it. I know that sounds ridiculous, but it's true. The love that poured in enveloped me and carried me out of my fear. I was, and continue to be, overwhelmed by the response.  

Although it is unimaginable to me to be able to articulate a thank you big enough for what I experienced, I hope you all know, no matter what your part was in my recovery, you have helped me and I am so grateful for it. I am in awe of the human experience. I am in awe of all of you and your potential to love and care for those in need.

-Scott-


**Something beautiful that grew out of this experience is a campaign called Don't BE Afraid. It is an awareness campaign that aims to dissolve the fear that surrounds homophobia and promote a deeper level of acceptance. I am mentioning it to you because this campaign was an integral part of my recovery, and it continues to motivate me to face my own fears in this new chapter of life. It is moving to see all of the photos of people standing against homophobia, especially after what happened to me this year. I invite you to visit the page, like it, and share the message on your wall. The hope is for the campaign to eventually hold events that incorporate art in communicating the Don't BE Afraid message. In the meantime, please talk about homophobia, shine a bright light on it, so that the fear it spreads can be dissolved. If you would like to get involved, please send a message to the Facebook group, or send an email to dontbeafraidcampaign@gmail.com.  

Don't BE Afraid is an awareness campaign against homophobia.

Don't BE afraid est une campagne de sensibilisation contre l'homophobie.

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Message from Scott (November 4th, 2013) 

I just wanted to let everyone know that the messages continue to be a source of inspiration and comfort. I have read every message- your words mean so much to me and my family. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.  Just to fill you in: I'm still in the hospital, but soon I will be moving to rehab (hopefully in a week or so). This past weekend was particularly emotional. My family and I had the privilege of meeting a very wise woman/healer. She helped us, and will continue to help us, find our path to emotional rehabilitation. We send our love and gratitude to you all. 

Message from Scott (October 24, 2013)

I am absolutely overwhelmed by all of the love and support I have experienced by friends, family, and even people I have not had the chance to meet yet. During this hard time, it has been near impossible to look at the bad because I have been surrounded by so much good. There have been struggles, but with laughter and warm hearts all around me, it's pretty tough to give up. This is a new chapter of life that is completely foreign to me- and that is why I am so so grateful to have such an incredible support system. Wow, just, wow. I am in awe of the human experience, and the capacity for love. New Glasgow- I love you! Love and thanks to all who have reached out to me, your visits/messages have helped me pull through! Y a mi familia de Argentina- gracias por tu ayuda, te quiero muchisimo! 



 


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