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When loss messes with your faith

We were going to wait seven years before having children. I thought we agreed on five. “No, seven,” my husband insists.Three years into marriage I suddenly developed a ferocious longing for a baby. It took a year to convince my husband and another 12 months to conceive. But the little white pill worked the first […]

The power of touch

I contract dysentery [contagious intestinal infection] at age five. In East Germany this means hospital quarantine- 5 weeks of isolation from the rest of the world. No one is allowed to visit, not even our parents. We sit in oversized cribs that feel like cages, waiting our turn to go home. We’re bored mostly and sometimes sad though […]