Dear Dr. Betty,
Thank you so very much for taking the time to answer my question! It means the world to me. To be honest, when I first saw my question on the website I was terrified! I hadn’t really taken the time to formulate a concise query or even check for correct spelling and grammar. I wasn’t sure I had correctly typed in my email and reassured myself that you had a host of other, more important, things to attend to. In short, I was sure you would never see it. But you did.
The reason I was so scared was because all of the shame and guilt I was feeling. Despite my cursory knowledge of your life and work, and the fact that you would understand and encourage me, I was still sure that you would condemn me as part of some deep-seated feelings of useless guilt. And then I read your reply. I read it again. I looked at all of the comments your lovely members provided. I was elated. Joyous. I could not stop smiling!
Thank you so much for assuaging my fears and validating all of the wonderful things I did feel. I am so happy that you considered my question worth responding to and that you did so in such a way as to demonstrate how very little of a problem it was. It might not seem like much just to be told you have nothing to worry about but it really is! I really appreciate the work you do, thank you.