I Live in a Cage of My Own Making

Photo by Mochammad Algi: https://www.pexels.com/photo/a-woman-standing-near-the-metal-fence-3886576/

I can still remember the first time I consciously felt afraid to leave my house.

It was the second summer after I’d graduated high school. My mom had less mobility due to having a below-the-knee prosthetic for the leg she had amputated the year before, and I was nervous every time we left the house. I worried she…

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