And He Told Me Not To Fear

Natalie Liounis

When people ask me why bad things happen to good people, I tell them the truth: I have no idea. That’s just life, I guess. God sees things we don’t, and His Will is always perfect. I also offer the following thought: If we never have darkness, we’ll never appreciate the light. My year, up until…

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Holes In My Hands

I have holes in my hands from two attempted IVs—one successful, the other not. “I’m so sorry,” my nurse said. “The vein jumped away.” It’s okay. I’m fine. I never experienced pain from my surgery. I barely even bled. ⇔ In the fall of 2015, I started to bleed irregularly. Since we would be moving…

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Eternally 23

  On June 9, 2011, I woke to the warm breezes of too many fans in a too-warm room. One was on my face—a fan clipped to a bunk pole. Another ruffled the sheet up and down my body, and a third brushed my feet. My BlackBerry buzzed beside my ear. I pressed the green…

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