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Growing up and growing apart

Off the Beat

Though my sister and I were raised in the same house with the same parents in the same Chicago suburb, our childhoods were immeasurably different. I have to wonder if that is what made us so different or if it was inevitable from the beginning that our life paths would split so drastically.
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In living room color

Mind the Gap

behind his professional veil of taupe, my therapist owned the most amazing art collection. I went to his house one day and saw it.
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Teaching tolerance

On My Mind

I feared for my sister’s experience at a school so appalled by trans people that they weren’t allowed to show themselves to students or speak about their experiences because of some fear of it spreading or denial that they even exist.
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Pain to poetry

It begins with the shivers
The pacing
Raw arms, racing heart, tapping, screaming, sweating, eyes dart, room spins and the volume of the world increases to a pulsing nightmare.
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Seeking support

My brain is drowning in the thoughts. With each second, their volume increases, leaving my brain less and less room to breathe — a process that continues until my input is entirely lost.
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My strange addiction

Pressing Restart

I played so often that I began dreaming in Overwatch matches. My muscle memory became more accustomed to a game’s controls than to other aspects of my life.
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You can’t skip this episode

I am currently working with both a psychiatrist and a psychologist to get through this problem, and it distresses me as much as it distresses you that I am unable to motivate myself or put the same care and effort into my studies that I have for my entire life.
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