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‘They’re calling rain today.’ My husband starts his motorcycle. ‘I love you. I’ll be fine!’ He walks out for the last time.’: Woman’s husband ‘paralyzed from the armpit down,’ learns to appreciate ‘the beautiful moments’ 

“At 6:45 a.m., I text, ‘You safe?’ No response. I hit snooze. I wake at 7:10 a.m. to a voicemail from Derek’s phone. I hit play. My heart goes to my throat. ‘Mrs. Lavender, this is David from hospital. We need you here as soon as possible.’ When I get there, they pass me a black motorcycle helmet. The glass is smashed. I watch a tooth bounce to the floor. Shock hits.”

‘You need your husband’s permission.’ I begged. I didn’t feel maternal. I was told I’d ‘change my mind.’: Woman refused sterilization procedure multiple times, ‘they made me feel dirty’

“Every year during my annual exam, I asked to have my ‘tubes tied.’ My doctor always quickly refused. As I aged, I still didn’t want kids and neither did my partner. This time around, I was about to lose my health insurance. I was told the procedure was ‘reserved for women in their 30s or 40s who had at least 2 children.’ As an adult woman, I needed my husband’s blessing to make decisions about MY body. I was stunned.”

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