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By Michael Pearson
e-Buddies Program Manager, Inland Empire - California

In this feature of the e-Beat, we will profile one of our many fantastic e-Buddies pairs each month! If you would like to be profiled, please click here to contact us!

This month we are featuring Lydia and Jen!

Lydia and Jen may live thousands of miles apart from each other (Lydia is from California and Jen is from Pennsylvania), but that hasn’t stopped them from becoming great friends!

Lydia and Jen have been e-Buddies for over two years, so as you can imagine, they have talked about a lot of different things. “I like how we get to share little bits of each other’s lives,” says Lydia. Jen agrees, “We talk about everything that is going on in each of our lives.” What are some of the specific things they talk about, you ask? “We can share what we’re doing in school, what we’re doing in our work environment,” answers Lydia, “we can talk about boys, and lots of other fun stuff.” Oh and don’t forget that they live on opposite sides of the country! “[Lydia] tells me what it’s like to live in California and I tell her about Pennsylvania. Our areas are so different but we can relate to each other on so many levels,” Jen states. She then adds, “We’ve talked to each other for a while now but every e-mail reveals something new.”

Every e-Buddies match, just like every friendship, is so very special. When asked about what makes their friendship so great, Lydia and Jen had such wonderful things to say. “What makes my friendship with Jen so special is that she sees me as a person and not my disability,” expresses Lydia. But Lydia is more than just a person, Jen tells us, “[Lydia] is an inspiration to me each and every day.” Jen goes on to elaborate, “Not only is she determined and fun-loving, [but also] she is extremely humble and not at all self-pitying.” She recounts a story, “[Lydia] went to Ethiopia last spring and all she could talk about was how they had so little over there. Seeing that, she didn’t hesitate to give them some of her own possessions.” Lydia and Jen truly admire each other.

In addition to all the wonderful things we have already heard about their friendship, Jen exclaims, “She makes me laugh in every e-mail and makes me want to check my mail all the time.”

Let’s all send a warm e-Buddies congratulations to Lydia and Jen, our e-Buddies of the month for March!!!

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