I suspect that your experience isn't that unusual.
Years ago, in the early 1980's during his first stint in congress, I wrote him a short letter, just because I thought he could use the encouragement of knowing that there were a few of us who knew who he was, shared his values, and knew what he was up against. He was alone on a very small island in those days. He wrote back a short personal note of thanks.
I've written to many congress critters over the years, but this was the only time I received a response that wasn't a form letter, and of course his is the only letter from a congressman that I kept.
It's been said by many but bears repeating... Ron Paul was a once in a lifetime congressman, and is a special human being.
I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be. Albert Einstein