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‘I would claim, ‘Oh yeah, I hurt myself. I’m wearing a hard brace until it heals.’ I never told my parents I wrote a suicide note.’: Woman known as the ‘girl with one arm’ hides prosthetic for 2 years, finally realizes, ‘they knew I was different, they didn’t care’

“I lived in a small town in the deep South. I was 15, the age where acne, boy problems, and all that fun stuff was going on. To make matters worse, I was born missing my left forearm. I wore my prosthetic to school for 2 entire years without removing it for gym class, soccer practice, nothing. For 2 whole years, that mind game would go on, leaving me feeling suicidal on my 17th birthday. I woke up feeling like I was done with living. It was a bright, sunny day. I sat in my room writing out all the reasons I didn’t want to be here on this planet. I broke down in tears. I knew I had to make a choice.”

‘WHAT ARE YOU NOT TELLING ME?!’ We held her in our arms as she drowned in her own lungs. All I could do was love her.’: Mom mourns loss of daughter to Spinal Muscular Atrophy 

“One phone call doubled her life. As I stood there with my husband, holding our 21-month-old baby girl, I felt helpless. I helped bring her into this world, and if she had to die before me, I wanted to be there as she left it. The moment her heart stopped beating, I wasn’t sure mine would keep going. It did. I questioned why. I’d just spent 2 years of my life being a full-time mom and caregiver, and in a moment, everything changed.”

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