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    at how many people come back and check these diaries for new comments, even the next day.  The regulars here are faithful about mutual support.

    Thank you for your kind comments.

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    by Otteray Scribe on Wed Dec 31, 2008 at 10:16:34 PM PST

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      The regulars here are faithful about mutual support

      I was a regular here for a long long time. Though I am new to you (and you to me and I'm so grateful to have met you), I was a faithful reader and poster here in the months leading up to my nephew's deployment. It became an obsession to me. I was scared if I missed a day, something bad would happen to him and his name would appear here.

      He left on June 4, 2007 just as we entered that really bad period that I know you remember so well. He had some really close calls (remember the copter crash that killed 10?) and that plus the primary hate going on here pushed me past my stress limit. I left for a very long time.

      He came home safely at the end of July. Things were calmer here, but I felt so guilty reading these diaries because our loved one returned and all these wonderful people didn't. It took me a long time to get over that.

      My biggest regret about being gone was the delay it caused in meeting you. I feel like I let you and the diarists down. I'll be faithful this time, God willing.

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