Catapult | I Give Up
Why I’m No Longer Defending Whiteness

The past two years have solidified my view that America may never change enough for me.

Jun 7, 2022
People | Legacies
Whiteness Can’t Save Us

Whiteness cannot give us what we need, and this is not a disappointment. This is a testimony.

Jun 10, 2020
Columns | What Genes Can’t Tell Us
More Mother, Less Detective: Where I’ve Found Grace Without a Diagnosis for My Son

Not knowing happens to all mothers, and to all of us—if we are breathing, we are without escape from things we can’t know.

Jun 25, 2018
Columns | What Genes Can’t Tell Us
I Underwent Genetic Testing to Help My Son, and Discovered I Have an Increased Risk of Breast Cancer

What if my son, the boy who has puzzled everyone, has helped to save my life?

May 21, 2018
Columns | What Genes Can’t Tell Us
Two Black Parents Walk Into a Meeting: On Race, Education, and Our Son’s IEP

I’m not just advocating for a child whose challenges don’t follow a script. I’m also a black mother advocating for my black son in a room full of people who don’t look like us.

Apr 17, 2018
Columns | What Genes Can’t Tell Us
“Who Else Has a Son Like Mine?” A Mother Searches for Other Parents Who Lack Medical Answers

How many days had we spent asking the same questions of God or doctors? How long had we wrestled with conditions that didn’t yet exist?

Mar 12, 2018
Columns | What Genes Can’t Tell Us
What Keeps Me Up at Night: How Do I Meet My Son’s Needs If I Can’t See Them?

This is where, for me, motherhood divided into ‘Before’ and ‘After.’

Feb 13, 2018
Columns | What Genes Can’t Tell Us
Living in the “Yet”: When Genetic Tests Don’t Reveal the Answers You Seek

As a mother, I’ve had to ask myself: What would never getting an answer, or even no longer expecting an answer, look like?

Jan 8, 2018
Columns | What Genes Can’t Tell Us
Why We Brought Our Son to the Pediatric Geneticist

Kids are all mystery, and mine are no different, but the unknown has especially marked my son.

Dec 4, 2017
People | Legacies
Talking to My Daughter About Charlottesville

“Once your children know that even one person detests their bones and breath, they know.”

Aug 23, 2017