BTS Brings Magic Into My Life!

Hello, my name is Lynn. My Army Twitter is Whisper1204! I am 42 years old an ARMY Mom. I was born and raised in the Philippines and lived in Canada. How do I discover BTS? I’ve seen BTS since 2017 in Ellen Show. Back then, I wasn’t interested. In 2018, my eldest daughter started to talk to me about them, how great and talented they are. She wanted to attend a concert in Hamilton, Ontario. I didn’t let her watch the concert (yup, I’m so mean). Fast forward May 2019, I’m on vacation in the Philippines when my eldest daughter told me that her Dad bought her a BTS album, the MOTS Persona. It catches my attention; my husband is very cheap, and he taught our kids between wants and needs. For him to buy the album shows how important it is for my daughter. I came back from my vacation, and my daughter was so excited to tell me about BTS. I saw the spark in her eyes when’s she’s talking about them. She told me how much BTS inspired her. I slowly open my ears about BTS to get close and get connected to my daughter.

Saturday, July 13, 2019, I watched the first MV that stole my heart, “Blood Sweat and Tears.” I started searching for them in YT; I watched their acceptance speech in MAMA 2018 and cried. That whole weekend I watched BTS videos until I fell asleep. I know at the moment I love this group and understand why my daughter loves them. I started following them on Twitter in my personal account. Like some of us, I was lurking around the fandom when I first started. I think it was August 2019; my daughter brought me to watch the BTS documentary, “Bring the Soul, The Movie,” in the theatre. She brings me to a cup sleeves event in Toronto for Namkook, Jimin, Jin, V, and Jhope. I realized she’s not ashamed to be with me. As the days go by, we get closer and closer. She started openly telling me about her personal life. She even chooses to go out with me than her friends. BTS brings my daughters back to my life. Now she’s saving money for both of us for a trip to South Korea. She’s excited about it. I’m so excited about it.

August 2020, I got sick. I’m in and out of the hospital. Due to the COVID restrictions, nobody can be with me in ER. I only have BTS music and my Twitter friends with me cheering me up. I didn’t feel alone at that moment. September 2020, I decided to do a giveaway a bookmark in honour of Namjoon’s birthday. In the same month, I had a blood transfusion that I got allergic to it, and they rush me to the Trauma Centre. When I woke up, I asked the nurse about my phone. She told me if the phone has a photo of a man holding a dog. She then said, “Is this your son?” I smiled and said it’s a BTS member named V and his dog Yeontan. I told her about them, and another nurse came in and said, “Oh, you looked happy.” A few hours ago, I was on the brink of death, but BTS has this magic on us, right? I was admitted for a whole week after that incident. When I went home, the bookmark making gives me a reason to get up in the morning. I gather all my energy so I can continue sending bookmarks to ARMY around the world.

October 2020, my treatment started, and I have a heart problem on top of it. During my stay in the hospital, BTS music comforted me; their videos make me laugh, their messages empower me, and they are all gorgeous, I can’t deny. My ARMY friends play a big part in my recovery, too. They continuously encouraged me to live. I found a family in the fandom. It’s been 635 days since BTS become part of my daily life. These are the days I feel blessed to have my family, friends, Army friends, and BTS on my side. Whatever life throws at me, I know I can handle it because I have them.

For those ARMY who received my bookmark, please know I appreciate you a lot. The bookmark you received represents my courage to lived. To BTS, thank you for your existence in my life; I am grateful for the 7 of you every day. To my daughter, I owe all of this to you. I love you, Babe!

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