One question I get a lot:

When you told your friends how did they react?

This is a great question. When I told who I thought were my “real” friends, rumors began to spread.  Lots of slurs about me began to pass around school and people started to snub me and laugh at me. It was very hurtful, and I shut down. I didn’t tell my other friends and after they heard the rumors they came to me and asked what they could do to help me, but I shut them out. I was so afraid that they weren’t being genuine that I cut them all off. It was a lonely road for me and I regret not trusting some of them now. A real friend is worth more than gold. Your real friends will stick around.

A Dusty Diamond,