Mental 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 WAS DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER

And, it wasn’t comfortable. Even though I’d been in many rooms just like this one before. A birth condition requiring multiple surgeries with long, drawn out recoveries made hospitals, needles, tests and physicians a familiar environment.


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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 WAS MUGGED

There was a time when secretly in my head, I’d hum and chant and repeat the same phrases until I’d feel like my brain was in a knot that kept getting tighter and tighter.


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