A Family Consents to a Medical Gift, 62 Years Later — I read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks for an old book club a year or so ago and found it fascinating. Given my interest in cancer and particularly the ways genetics can impact it, it was right up my alley. It was also just an interesting study of race, class, and the way people aren’t always treated as fairly as they should be. I was glad to see that the Lacks family’s consent is finally being taken into consideration.
Friends of a Certain Age — A friend shared this with me after some recent conversations that basically boiled down to “Why the hell is it so hard to make friends?!” I mean, I wouldn’t say making friends has ever come easily to me, but it’s even more difficult as an adult. I often default to the idea that it’s just something wrong with me, but maybe this really is something we all struggle with.
I Support You: The Conversation We Should Be Having About Breastfeeding And Formula — I’ll never be able to breastfeed my children, no matter how hard I try. It’s impossible, as I no longer have real breasts. My milk ducts were cut out and chucked into a trash can or science lab somewhere, so they’re not coming back to feed any future children. One of my biggest anxieties about having children (and there are many) is the judgment I’ll be getting from other mothers. The second I whip out a bottle filled with formula to feed my hungry baby, how many dirty looks will I get? How many snarky comments? And while I understand that breast milk is ideal, it’s just not possible for everyone. Respect people for caring for their children, don’t judge them for not doing it your way.
Suicide In The Military Rooted In Alcohol And Mental Health Problems, Not Deployment — Having been in a relationship with an active-duty soldier (who now officially out of the military), I find any information about veterans really interesting. Your thoughts on the war(s) itself aside (and my thoughts aren’t positive), I think it’s important to look at how we’re treating returning veterans and how we’re supporting them whether they deploy overseas or not. I’m not sure I totally buy that the abundance of suicides is unrelated to deployments, but it’s interesting nonetheless.
Also, I cannot stop listening to The Civil Wars’ new album. At all.