When Mothering Ends Too Soon

This piece originally appeared in Modern Loss. Republished here with permission.

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Cancer had given me a glimpse of what the ending of active motherhood might look like.

Back then, there was no question in my mind that my daughter would survive. While I knew we could never go back to life before cancer, I was completely incapable of visualizing a world without both of my children in it.

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Occasional poet. Writer of sad essays. Novelist. Birder and amateur photographer. I enjoy trees.

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