Category Archives: Working it Out

Watching My Daughter Develop the Same Anxiety I Struggle With [New York Magazine]

Watching My Daughter Develop the Same Anxiety I Struggle With [New York Magazine]

“It is relatively early on a summer evening, just after sunset. From my bed, I notice a shadow of a spindly branch dancing across the corner of the bedroom wall. I get up and close the curtains tightly to make it disappear, careful not to step on my daughter, who’s camped on my bedroom floor,Continue Reading

10 Things My Chronic Illness Taught My Children [The New York Times]

10 Things My Chronic Illness Taught My Children [The New York Times]

My children have a mother with a chronic illness. They live with my rheumatoid arthritis just as much as I do. I was given my diagnosis when all three of them were young, and since then I’ve spent a lot of time worrying about what the daily uncertainty of my condition would mean to them,Continue Reading

Pushing Children: Lessons From Chronic Pain [Almost Fearless]

Pushing Children: Lessons From Chronic Pain [Almost Fearless]

“Mom,” my youngest daughter, Isabel, whines, her copper hair sweeping across her freckled cheek. “My knee is killing me. It’s seriously the worst pain I’ve ever felt in my life. Can we please be done?” I take a deep breath and assess the situation. We are less than halfway into our hike through the cliffsContinue Reading

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