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Nov 29, 2023Liked by Kayleigh Hughes

Having a mother with a colostomy, I appreciated reading this so much. It reminds me of all the ways she has adapted and reframed her life expectations and persisted and survived, and how grateful I am for that courage. Thank you.

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What a fantastic piece. I’ve been trying to write about my mother’s cancer for years. This piece made me feel like I need to keep doing that work, though some days I can hardly stand it. Thank you. ❤️

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Nov 29, 2023Liked by Kayleigh Hughes

Wow. Just wow.

(Just wanted to respond to you wondering where your mother's vagina went. I wondered the same about my uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, and cervix after my much less harrowing experience than yours. They were likely incinerated and, for me, it helped to reframe that as a cremation. I don't have the "cremains," but there's solace in thinking of it that way.)

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Liquid and gorgeous. Thank you.

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That was extremely powerful. Thank you.

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What a stunning piece of writing. Such a terrific balance of visceral experience, information, and introspection. Can't wait to read the memoir!

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Improbably, inexplicably compelling. Thank you.

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My goodness, this writing gave me chills. There is so much love here. Thank you for sharing <3

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Wow that was so powerful, touching, heart wrenching and inspiring! Thank you for sharing…

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God this is gorgeous

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Thank you for sharing this. It's hitting a part of me that needed to be seen.

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Thank you and your family for sharing this very personal aspect of your lives. I work as a multi-faith chaplain in a hospital. I feel that reading your piece will enhance my empathy and awareness of possible topics to invite patients with similar issues to reflect on, begin to unpack, or help me accompany them in their unknowing, knowing, uncertainty and the beautiful messy mix of those variable states.

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My heart goes out to you-I kept whispering ‘Oh my God’ as I read your deeply moving and emotional story trying to make sense of it all.

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