“I was standing in the kitchen alone. My phone rang. Assuming it was my husband, I answered. But it wasn’t my husband. All I could do was freeze. I was in shock. I hadn’t processed his words until I heard the ‘click.’ My body shook as I collapsed.”
“I was going through customs when I got pulled into secondary screening. I didn’t know why. I sat in a locked concrete room and was told all my wrong-doings and mistakes and what my options for consequences were. I had to leave the country.”
“I was terrified my boyfriend would leave me because it made me look different, or because it was just too much for him. I felt him distancing himself from me out of fear; he kept telling me how scared he was for me, and how he didn’t understand how this could have happened to me so quickly.”
“I took a bad tumble off a horse when I was a kid. My greatest fear was that I’d awaken from anesthesia – and realize with sinking certainty I had made a horrible, irreversible mistake.”
“I am not a fan of public restrooms but knew I would be on the road. That ‘smart’ decision changed my life forever.”
“What will happen to my health in the years to come? Will my condition gradually worsen? Will I become more and more restricted in my activities? Will I be able to support myself? Will I be able to live independently or will I become increasingly dependent on my family?”
“I’ve learned that the burden is on those who are chronically ill to make the invisible visible to others.”
“I’ve never seen a piece of needle that’s broken off and left in someone’s spine. Never seen it. Never heard of it. It’s outrageous,” her attorney said.