Category Archives: Super Power

The Caregiver Becomes Invisible

When Earl first heard about my wreck, he prayed that I would live, “…as long as she is Berta.” Two months later my neurosurgeon told Earl, “If she lives she’ll be brain damaged, ventilator-dependent, and bedridden for life.” The doctor told Earl, “You are too young to be stuck with an invalid wife.” Then he …

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Loss, Loneliness and Leaving

My family in the Bottoms 1974  I grew up in Meredosia, Illinois: Dosh—a small town of less than one thousand people. Dad sent Mom away when I was eleven. He was abusive and all my sisters and I had were each other. Our house burned to the ground that Christmas. A new house trailer replaced …

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