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‘Teachers noticed my 5-year-old making weird movements. ‘It’s all in her head,’ the doctor said.’: Mom demands answers for daughter who has 15 episodes a day of what appears to be seizures, actually is PNKD diagnosis

“Madie continued to have these strange ‘spells’ where her body would paralyze itself. The doctor walked in the room and told me she is making all of this up, and I should take her to a psychiatrist. I made it very clear I was not leaving that room until someone could tell me what was wrong with my daughter.”

Why parents of trans kids are a SPECIAL kind of tired.

“We are running to doctors to treat urinary tract infections because they held their pee all day, so they didn’t have to use the bathroom in which they feel unsafe. They just want to live. And we just want them to live.”

‘Hon, I know if you’re alive, you’ll make it out.’ I could see the Pentagon from my office. I was 32 weeks pregnant.’: Military couple recalls ‘pure fury’ felt by 9/11 attack, realizes ‘we are a part of history’

“After the first plane hit, my Senior Intelligence Officer was in my office. When the second plane hit, I looked at her. ‘Cathy, this isn’t an accident.’ The phones started ringing. It struck us – all at the same time – my husband was in that building. Our son was home with our nanny. ‘Is Daddy’s shirt ripped?,’ he asked as he saw people streaming out of ‘Daddy’s Pentagon’ as he called it.”

‘Lathered in sunscreen, poolside, I suddenly realized my son wasn’t with me. My eyes hit the shallow end. I spotted a toddler completely submerged in water. The world stopped. I plunged in.’

“I was not the mother to make this kind of error. The mother who looked away. ‘If he’s alive, he’d be kicking, fighting.’ Why wasn’t he fighting? I pulled him onto the cement and thrusted my hand against his back. Fingernails pink, skin pale, lips discolored. His white knuckles gripped my neck. ‘ANDREW. Andrew, please come back to me.'”

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