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HAWMC Day 6: Letters

Dear Cystinosis, When I hear people say they hate you, I get defensive on your behalf. Something inside me cringes. I want to say, “Don’t hate the hungry lion for being hungry. Look at his beautiful mane.” But I don’t say it. I can’t say it. I have said it using other words before: just as I cannot hate my brown-sometimes-green eyes or my neither-curly-nor-straight hair, I cannot invite the sort of self-loathing that comes with hating a part of …

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