In March of 2008, I had a heart attack at the age of 56. Although heart disease is rampant in my family, there were no obvious warning signs (blood pressure, cholesterol, etc. all fine). Luckily, cardiologists popped in a couple of stents and all was well.
However, as the 2008 election campaigns progressed, I could feel my stress levels rising and was actually experiencing palpitations and other worrying symptoms. Then I discovered Daily Kos! Voices of sanity and reason - not to mention humor, warmth, and caring. Every time something in the MSM caused my blood pressure to rise, a few minutes on DK brought it back down to reasonable levels.
I felt so much joy when President Obama was elected, and such sadness as I watched the Republican obstruction over the next few years. As we moved into the 2012 election cycle, DK once again saved me from allowing the vicious and hateful antics of the RWNJs to kill me. Hyperbole, perhaps. But I have gotten pretty good at reading my body's signals, and I really believe I would be in very serious condition by now if I did not have DK to turn to.
With the reelection of the President, I know the Republicans will redouble their efforts at obstruction. DK will be here to help me deal with that.
I am not very good at writing or articulating the rational arguments that are so beautifully expressed by so many of the DK diarists. I just wanted to say thank you to them and to everyone here.