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From: Lisa (
Subject: New vegan and feeling alone
Date: February 4, 2005 at 9:10 pm PST

Hi. What an appropriate discussion board name: Veggie awakenings. An awakening is exactly what it felt like. I have just in the last few months started to slowly become aware of the unthinkable cruelty that goes on in the animal products industry. I definitely feel like I was sleeping before, how could I not have known or paid attention to what is happening?
As I began to open my eyes, I realized that I wanted to become a vegan, but I thought I would transition slowly and research and prepare for such a big lifestyle change. My first step was to go to a vegan website to get more information and since that moment a few days ago, everything has happened so fast, too fast. I wanted to slowly make the change but now the thought of eating anything containing animal products makes me feel sick. So now instead of taking time to prepare emotionally and even just logistically, it was an overnight transition. I am feeling very lost. No one in my life is vegan or even vegetarian. The first thing my boyfriend said when I told him my decision was "You better not try to convince me to do this too." How supportive huh. I am afraid to tell my family and friends. They are all very understanding and supportive people but it seems like all the people who have not yet awoken just don't understand veganism.
Just hoping to reach out to someone who understands how I'm feeling.

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