Gia's Plan

Honored to be able to share this dear friend's story on the Body Politics blog. Such strength, courage, and love. I hope it moves you as it did me. -M I didn’t know if I wanted kids. I was never that woman who felt like her sole purpose in life was to procreate. I do not put down anyone who feels that way. In fact, I was always envious of that woman. Who knew exactly what she wanted and could not wait to start a family. That just wasn’t me. When we finally decided to try and get pregnant---at almost 34 years old---it had something to do with the way I felt about my sister. She is 12 years younger than me and, at times, felt like my little baby girl. If I could love another human being as muc

Choosing Hope & Turning Toward the Pain

Shortly after my 2nd daughter was born, I was diagnosed with a case of Torticollis. My head and neck were stuck in a static position, staring straight forward. The slightest fraction of movement to the left or right would cause searing pain throughout my head and neck, radiating down through my body and causing spasms down my back and leg. The causes for the pain were not a mystery to me. From a purely physical standpoint, the changes a woman’s body experiences growing to house and birth a baby, the cumulative effect of a job that required sitting for long periods of time, a commute that was long and stressful, and years of treating my body poorly before I began recovery had all taken their

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