Family Balance

THANK GOD MY MOM DIED

January 9, 2005–the date is engraved in my bones. It’s the day my mom, Lorraine Castagnini, left this world at age fifty-six. I remember dropping the phone and crushing my ears with my hands trying to squeeze the news of her death out of my head.   My mom was a lot more than just […]


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THANK GOD I FELT THE BOND BETWEEN A MOTHER AND HER CHILD

The first time I felt a twinge in my tummy it was so slight I barely noticed it. I was busy greeting guests in a capacity filled room at the waterfront restaurant.


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THANK GOD I DIDN’T LISTEN TO MY DAD

I was born in Lebanon, and my parents brought me to America when I was two years old….


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THANK GOD I’M BLIND

Thank Jesus I’m blind . . . In 1994 at age two I lost my eyes to a childhood disease called retinoblastoma—which is cancer in both eyes. At age three I taught myself echolocation—where I use sound to see. I ride bikes, skate, and play video games—you name it. I do it—or at least give it a try.


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THANK GOD I’M BALD

Around the age of eight or nine, I clearly remember learning two lessons in Sunday school that would direct the course of my life. Firstly, Jesus taught that we are all brothers and sisters; and secondly, because of that we should love each other. Though I credit and thank my Catholic catechism classes for these […]


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