I wrote about getting my son’s genetic test results for Catapult. AdvertisementsRead more "My Second Column for Catapult"
My new column for Catapult, “What Genes Can’t Tell Us,” went live this morning. I’d love for you to check it out.Read more "My New Column for Catapult"
In one day in 2015, I learned these three things: I was pregnant. There were no genetic answers for Tophs’s challenges. There was a genetic finding we weren’t looking for. I wrote about Tophs’s medical history here–about searching for causes of his growth failure, hypoglycemia, and developmental challenges. I didn’t write that in one phone […]Read more "In One Day"
As you know, I don’t normally write fiction. But I challenged myself to write a snippet for the Writer’s Eye Contest at UVA in 2015, and this is what came out: “We live and die by them shadows,” she said. She pointed as though the sun had melted into a pile of butter along her […]Read more "Dark Swallows"
My two-month-old baby, Juliet, slept nine hours last night. Then these things happened: 1) I woke up, and racism was over. I didn’t even see color. Everyone was iridescent, and they just hated me for my character but said I was good at sports. 2) Not only that, but the people who would have been […]Read more "When Your Baby Sleeps Nine Hours"
I wrote about our medical journey with Tophs for Narratively this month. It was a difficult piece to write that I really wanted to get right. I’d love if you’d take a look.Read more "Our Journey with Tophs"
Your child is not an island. Except in those quiet moments when it feels so true that he is. When you have Googled and Facebook grouped and lurked on message boards and found not one soul like his. Maybe if you type his symptoms in differently, if you switch “hypoglycemia” with “blood sugar” or leave […]Read more "To the Mom Without a Diagnosis"