I haven't got a camera so I'll type it out
I'm Gee Stidston, I'm from Warwickshire in England, I'm 13 (nearly 14, woopwoop).
This is how I found out about My Chemical Romance and how they helped me in so many ways that made me the person I am today.
I first heard My Chemical Romance through my best friend back in 2007, we had the album 'The Black Parade' and used to listen to it all of the time! It was in no doubt the best thing I'd ever heard.
My grandpa died of lung cancer in 2007 soon after we really got into the album and I literally attached myself to the album and wouldn't let go, mostly because of the fact there are songs about death and the song 'Cancer' is on there.
I was really close to my grandpa because he got me into drawing, painting and guitar playing and I've kept those up and am now pretty good.
It hit me real hard...
I did know about the other albums before that at the time, and I was really into them, but I guess I was seriously attached to The Black Parade because of grandpa.
I used to listen to Cancer, I Don't Love You, I'm Not Okay, Demolition Lovers, Thank You For The Venom, Cemetary Drive and Helena (mostly Helena and Cancer, those songs were and still are pretty emotional to me) the most because I felt I could really kinda relate to them in a way. The songs have so much meaning to me and I'm guessing to a lot of other fans too.
When I started high school, everything was a bit of a blur, and to be honest, I didn't have as many friends as I'd liked. I had my little group who stuck together no matter what, and we only really got into fights about sharing tic-tacs and skittles (we still do...).
Anyway, I got shoved around a lot because I was 'different' and I 'shouldn't have been there' and I got really upset. Things got real bad and I got depressed (I'm not over exaggerating...) and really withdrawn. I wouldn't talk to a lot of people because I was scared they were gonna judge me. I spent most of my days just going about my daily routine, blasting MCR out of my iPod blocking out everyone and everything.
I listened to I'm Not Okay a lot. I dressed in black a lot too, and after a while I got totally fed up with people and just lashed out at whoever even said one thing bad about me, my friends or MCR.
People got scared of me (even the teachers) and they stayed away.
All I felt actually understood me were my friends and MCR.
I got really bad after a while. My grades dropped and I stopped talking to pretty much everyone, with a few exceptions. I did deliberately hurt myself quite badly a few times and the only things I thought could help were once again MCR and my friends.
I was scared of myself and just wanted to get out of there, get out of life in general. I was in love with hurting myself. But I soon realised I didn't have to hurt myself to feel something because even though I didn't show it, I had and still have a huge love for the friends who stuck by me. It still sometimes happens when stuff gets real bad, but I don't get suicidal any more.
And then last year, Danger Days came and I was kinda blown away by the colour, seeing as the last few years had been all black and white. I began talking a little more because I gained a little confidence because of songs like Sing and Save Yourself, I'll Hold Them Back.
What really surprised people though was the fact I began wearing colour and stopped lashing out. My Chem helped me overcome my fear of myself and I'm so grateful it's unbelievable.
My brother (he's five years old now) is obsessed with MCR too, mostly with the songs I already listed. He made me pinky promise to take him to see them live one day
Not many of my friends like them, and people still criticise me but I couldn't care less - they helped me get over so much stuff and now I'm stuck to them.
I've been to see them live twice, first time on 22nd March 2007 and the second on 13th February 2011, both times were in Birmingham. They are THE best band I've heard, and it's always gonna be that way.
I have lots of merch, I have a Party Poison jacket (I always wear it...), RYB(lasters) Hoody, Shredded Hoody, California 2019 T-Shirt, a grey, orange and blue My Chem t-shirt, a black one with the band on it and My Chemical Romance on the back and a black t-shirt that I printed the Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge cover onto...
I have done artwork about them/including them but I haven't got a camera so that sucks bug time
Gerard, Frank, Mikey and Ray are all great people. They have amazing talent! If it wasn't for them, I wouldn't be who I am today, and I'm really happy now.
I definitely know I can give my thanks to My Chemical Romance for getting me that happiness. If you ask any member of the MCRmy what I mean, they'll know; you feel the change and buzz through your body and it hits you right in the heart and changes you - you know nothing else other than the fact the band and it's fans make you feel wanted; make you feel amazing. It's where I belong. I have a reason to think the world isn't better off without me.
I really thank the My Chemical Romance boys from the bottom of my black little heart for helping me the way you did and for saving me from myself.
Thank you My Chemical Romance <3