How are you doing, Little Monsters? I know you have all — each and every one of you — suffered immense pain and extreme emotional suffering this week, knowing your Mother Monster would have to face the cold, hard operating table all alone. So I just wanted to check in on you.
Now that Lady Gaga has emerged from her heinous ordeal unscathed, you can rest easy in the knowledge that your hopes, fears, and prayers were heard and answered. Breathe a sigh of relief and let the good news wash over you like a cresting wave coming in on the morning tide. For not only has your beloved Mother Monster emerged from the OR all in one piece, but she has a message for you, her devoted legion.
"Thank you Monsters," she begins, in a note on her website. "You really gave me a lot of strength today."
And that's not all. In her profession of gratitude, Gaga makes clear that it was you — her fans and followers — who gave her the strength she so needed to pull through her daunting, harrowing, routine surgery.
Monsters, You really gave me a lot of strength today. Everything happened so fast, but when it came time to face it I reflected on the many stories and experiences you've shared with me about your lives. Meeting you backstage, reading your letters, watching you communicate with fans from around the globe to form a community that supports one another — You have completely blown my mind. As they wheeled me into surgery today, I thought about all of your pain and perseverance, your unique family situations, school environments, health issues, homelessness, identity struggles — sometimes you are so brave that it terrifies me. I wonder how it's even possible. So I thought to myself, I'm alive, I'm living my dream, and this is just a bump in the road. I'm grateful because this is temporary, and for some it is not. You have changed my life. I love you and am proud to be a part of your lives. If you can do it, I can do it too, and if we stick together we can get through anything. Love, Gaga
You see? As Gaga faced her darkest hour, heading into the great, unknown land of shiny surgical instruments and latex gloves, she had each and every one of you on her mind. She thought of your "pain and perseverance, your unique family situations, school environments, health issues, homelessness, identity struggles," and of those for whom use of a wheelchair is not temporary, and she was inspired. She was so inspired, she was terrified. Buoyed by that sublime terror and overwhelming gratefulness, Gaga was able to survive her pre-scheduled, minimally invasive (most hip labral tears are repaired arthroscopically) hip surgery and return to the comforting arms of her wheelchair, Emma, once again.
Now, dear Little Monsters, that the scariest part is over, don't give up the fight. We have a long four to six months of prayers and positive vibes weather until Mother Monster can take the stage again.
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