A story shared by W Joseph Stegner
“Anne Moss Nimocks Rogers, I had occasion to share copies of your blog post, which includes “Be Like a Phoenix,” tonight, at San Leandro Toastmasters. A fellow artist within the club reached out on Facebook, expressing her need and request for help, with all the classic cues to the proximity of the edge she was on the verge of surrendering to.
Thanks to a friend and fellow Toastmaster, Stephen Dolgin, he saw the post and sounded the alarm, calling me to let me know our friend was reaching out for help, expressing thoughts of dying by suicide.
Within 14 minutes of her creating the post, I was able to reply
Unfortunately, by the time I hit send, she had deleted the post. I pasted my reply and support under another of her posts. While engaging other Toastmasters in the club, to rally their assistance, she called.
We talked for an hour. She was safe to cry and curse, and I validated her feelings. She promised to attend the meeting that night, and I lit up with joy and applauded when she arrived just as the meeting commenced.
I performed the poem, You, Who Are the Voices, with prepared introduction read by the evening’s designated runner of the meeting. I made twenty one copies of your blog post, to accompany my “speech” and set one at each chair. Only four remained at the meeting’s conclusion.
Thank you for making the message all the more presentable and palatable. She was very grateful that we cared enough to put the effort we did into supporting her, and I believe her hope is restored. <3″