Category Archives: A Birthmother’s Tale: My Mother

Cancer and the New Normal

Cancer and the New Normal

My mother has Primary Peritoneal Carcinoma, a cancer that is related to ovarian cancer in the same obscure way that practically everyone is related to some uncle of unknown origin who shows up for holiday dinners. After my mother was diagnosed, we repeatedly heard a similar chunk of wisdom from people with less hair than her: “YouContinue Reading

On My Mom, The Sex She Had, and The Adoption She Didn’t Plan

On My Mom, The Sex She Had, and The Adoption She Didn’t Plan

She wanted the sex. It was 1959. My mother worked for an aeronautics firm in San Diego, California. It would be easy to paint the affair she was having with her co-worker as workplace harassment. Maybe it was. She was a female. He was a male. That was all that was required to create a power differential inContinue Reading

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