11th Annual Contest Closed for 2016.
Bush Leaves for Booker Elementary
I was thirty-two when I had Fiona. Some of my mind-body fundamentalism had worn away, in part because when I was twenty my stepfather had gotten cancer—a fist-sized melanoma tumor beneath his arm—and his New Age methods of positive thinking hadn’t healed him. A naturopath told him if he wanted to get well he had to forgive his mother, and he looked genuinely distraught when he said to my mom, “But hon. I have!” He was diagnosed in May and he died in October. With his death, I lost my father and my chiropractor and my champion. I also lost a religion I could no longer reconcile. These bodies were not remote control cars we could master with the switches in our hearts and minds. Trying to shape them with our thoughts and our diets was a foolhardy attempt to guard ourselves against pain.
When Did Bush First Learn of the Attacks?
But twelve years later, carrying a new life inside me triggered my old thinking. There it was: the belief that I was entirely responsible for wellness.
The usual cause of death is a heart defect, , infection, or seizure….
Seems like an unnecessarily invasive (and kind of judgmental) question to ask someone you don’t know. Not all married people want babies. And some unmarried people do; the two things don’t automatically go together. Besides, she doesn’t say that she had a hard time convincing him. Maybe it was just a matter of telling him she thought the time was right.
Seizures occur in 90% to 100% of children….
I really needed to hear this today. I’ve been struggling with my son’s issues these past weeks and have been feeling hopeless, lost, and confused. I have a ways to go before I can sort my feelings and thoughts out, but reading this has helped me get started. Thank You.
About 30% of children reach some autonomy with eating…
Beautiful piece. I’m an internet aggression researcher, and I see the same thing embedded in the language that people use to shame one another – fear of mortality, of suffering, projected onto others for momentary relief. It sounds as if Ms. Hay has made a great deal of money codifying what is essentially a defense mechanism that we would hope to outgrow as we age.