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An Open letter that has been a long time coming

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on November 2, 2017 - 8:05am

My Chemical Romance,

I have been following your band since High School. I graduated High School in 2006. I am now in Graduate School at Miami University in Oxford, OH. I never thought I would make it this far. It took moving to make me realize how much my hometown held me back. I am writing to you because, through your music, you held me together. I was diagnosed with ADD and Asperger's Syndrome due to my non-standardized approach to learning. My psychiatrist and my family believed my "Autism" was much worse when I was younger.

As it turns out, the first psychologist I came to see up here, upon having trouble keeping up with graduate school, told me that I was never Autistic. I learn differently and that is the extent of my legitimate psychiatric problems. Every other diagnosis was caused by my near exile from respectable society in my hometown because teachers would not meet me where I was, including bad medicine reactions, escalating in legal trouble, which nearly institutionalized me. No one ever cared to listen to how I felt and how I thought deeply enough to really help.

I am writing to you today, a stronger, more free, and more stable man, largely because when no one else was there to listen, to feel like the pain I endured, my struggles, and all the rest mattered, through your music, you let me know that I am not alone. We all have pain, we all struggle, but none of us have to be alone. All throughout my Bachelor's Degree, in Evansville, IN, there were epic struggles. You got me through it. You saved my life. I don't know if I can ever thank you enough. There is probably nothing more to be done at this point. Regardless, you reached this one person, this human being who is dedicated to paying it forward. I am a teacher now, 1st year MA in English Rhetoric. While I have never had a problem with language, people thought I was Autistic, rather than having trouble with peers who often didn't care about me enough to want a real connection, or to look out for me.

I don't know if this will ever reach you personally, but you should know I am carrying on, beating back against the current, no matter how hard the past tries to bear me backwards, because of your encouragement. I am striving to make a difference because of you. So while to the world, you may feel as if you do not mean much, to me, you mean the world.

Your grateful fan for perpetuity,

Mr. Cecil King Neville III