How did you learn to write so exquisitely?
Child abuse, child’s death from cancer, mention of suicide and self-harm
Note: FOO=Family Of Origin
First, you’re probably wondering—who is/was Ellie? Ellie* was the daughter of FOO friends, a ten-year-old who died of cancer. Childhood cancer, one of the most attention-drawing topics in our society because of its ability to provoke emotion from even the most stoic among us. If I wrote about Ellie’s legacy, about how hundreds of people wore pink princess T-shirts and changed their Facebook profile pictures in honor of her, or how butterflies were released at her funeral, or how her family put her mounds of stuffed animals up for “adoption” that day, or how dozens of loved ones visited her at her house in the days leading up to her death and read her storybooks and sang her songs while she lay unresponsive—if I wrote about any of that, I would get a…
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