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"During the summer I turned 14, I came home to a typewritten letter waiting for me on my bedspread."
"I grieve the loss of who I was: someone who felt secure in the knowledge that I had never knowingly caused anyone grief."
"There is perhaps only one circumstance in which it is acceptable to suggest to a loved one what I was about to suggest to my sister."
"What I know for sure, after 20 years without him, is this: You don’t get over a love or a grief like this."
"I found that living life in an unscripted way made people uncomfortable."
"Adding the stress of serious legal repercussions to this IVF process feels downright cruel, particularly when individuals already sacrifice so much along the way."
"I can come up with 20 reasons for not writing this or ever publicly voicing my moral anguish."
"At the time Andrew and I were going to do IVF, the planets were up to something big."
"I pressed send, wondering if people would take my request seriously or regard it as yet another big idea."
"For 15 years, I battled anxiety, panic attacks, and bouts of insomnia. I began to sweep a swath of hair over a growing bald spot."