I've always been drawn to stories that speak from the heart and when the author is willing to unveil pieces of their past that might not always be the easiest words to express, it seems to resonate even more.
We are all human and we all have parts of our lives that are uncomfortable to talk about. I think it's safe to say that trying to quantify which ones are more or less significant than another persons is foolish. In other words, what might seem like "no big deal" to me, could be a huge stumbling block to someone else, and vice versa. We all have baggage to carry around, but if we are willing to open up and let the rest of the world see even a glimpse of who we are and where we've been, then I think it's safe to say that we'll find out that we are not all that much different from each other. Our individual stories might not be the same, but the pain we try to bury is universal to one degree or another.
The story of Lynn's (Real Live Lesbian) attempt at suicide many years ago is unfolded in her own words which are both chilling and beautifully written. I can tell you that it, unlike so many others, has a happy ending. I encourage you to take the time to read this well written and encouraging post.