There were three different calls from the hospital this morning- a bereavement nurse, a doula, and a mother going into labor who was already in mourning. All three were about the same baby girl who would only be making a brief stop in this world before continuing on to the next.Read More
I found a lump under my right nipple.
My first thought was, “Oh, God, no…”
My next thought was, “There is no way in Hell…”
Then they dam broke and the thoughts flooded in...Read More
You don’t plan to have a whole hemisphere of your son’s brain disconnected or possibly removed. At least I would have never thought so. And then my grade-school friend Stephanie told me that is exactly what she is faced doing with her 10-year old son James.Read More
Damian is officially disabled. You wouldn’t know it to see him, but he has the scars, and the pictures to prove it.
“The muscles in your legs are like sausages,” he tells me. “There are four major muscles in your calves and they are each surrounded by an outer casing that holds the tissues together. My leg muscles were like overstuffed sausages while I was in the Army and their doctors did surgery on both my legs to slice apart the outer casing so that the muscles had room to grow.”Read More
Having single vision hasn’t been a problem for Angelia. Since she never learned to focus with two eyes she hasn’t really experienced a vision loss; she just learned to get by with what she has. And besides not having good left side peripheral vision the only other time she notices the lack of two-eyed vision is when she is invited to a 3D movie.
But Angelia’s eyes have presented another form of pain for her – rejection.Read More
When you’ve escaped an abusive relationship you vow to yourself that you will never put yourself in that same place again. Wouldn’t life be grand if it had guarantees?
Kristine married for love, but it was to a man who beat her.
Once he broke nearly every bone in her face while three of his friends watched in the background, none of them coming to her aid or telling him to stop. Do you see a pattern?Read More
I was born with a hemangioma on my forehead. It was a large bump about the size of a quarter- much larger, mom says, than the penny-sized knot I had reported. It was quite noticeable, being red in color and protruding from my forehead. I was pretty self-aware of looking different.Read More