Doing the right thing isn't easy. Deciding what the right thing might be is even harder. Add brain trauma to the mix and set it all before a backdrop of the media and Congress, and my head hurts just from lining up all the pieces. Monday morning, I had a chance to see it in action, when Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords invited me to finish what we started in Tucson a year ago. It wasn't easy to watch, but I am a better woman for it.
She was reconvening Congress on Your Corner just for us.
I don't do a lot of cross-posting on my blogs, but today I have to. I have tried to write an entry several times today. Several situations are swirling around in my brain space, and they all involve violence and public complicity in that violence. ...more
Gabby is home with Mark, in his house in Texas, snug as a bug in a rug, I hope. She's surrounded by people who love her and people who will tend to her and her rehab will continue. And continue. And continue. My hip will heal faster than her brain and I am far from finished. Rehab exposed me to a different kind of pain. It's not broken bone pain or nerve damage pain, at least not just those kinds of aches. It's all that and more, because it shouldn't have happened to us and it did and it's wrong and I want it to just go away right now. There's an emotional overlay that a regular hip replacement wouldn't have. I keep telling the world that it is askew ... it's not listening....more
The despair felt by the parents of the mentally ill -- especially those whose illnesses, such as schizophrenia, manifest into anger and has caused them to do physical harm to others -- is unfathomable by the rest of us....more
When an angry young man aimed his semiautomatic handgun at Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in a Tucson Safeway store on Saturday, he didn’t just critically wound her and kill or wound 19 others....more
In the hours between dark and dawn, the dreams came, tumbling over one another as they tend to do. I was sitting outside with coworkers, watching shooting stars after attending a memorial service for a child abuse victim. 'I should be watching these with my kids,' I said, getting up to leave....more