Having someone literally take parts of my website word-for-word and passing it off as their own is a truly awful thing. I felt completely violated that someone so easily took my entire body of work, which I have been working on for almost 10 years, and attempted to pass it off as her own.
It didn't make sense for her to do it in the first place--our backgrounds and areas of expertise seem so completely different.
One thing I have learned is this. Seeing my work copied made me realize that my business means so much more to me than I even knew. It brought out a fire and a readiness to fight for what I have built that kind of surprised me! It also occurred to me that I have touched many more people than I ever gave myself credit for.
But why am I so thankful?
I'm thankful for the number of private messages I received offering emotional support.
I'm thankful for my personal lawyer who corresponded with me via wi-fi when he was on a plane going to another state.
I'm thankful for my lawyer friends and acquaintances who offered me advice and support.
I'm thankful to my husband for getting why this was such a big deal to me.
I'm thankful for my friends (including people I haven't met in person but am close with on facebook and twitter) for checking in on me.
I'm thankful that I am able to do the work I do, do work that I truly love, and work that has brought me so many amazing friendships.
p.s. I'm also not deterred enough to stop being a resource for others who are either wanting to get into or are already in the field of sexuality! I'm here for you.