Surviving Karen Medicine
How do you navigate a healthcare system that wasn’t designed for you?
Somewhere in Louisianapeople are happy
I’m saying too much. She probably thinks I’m exaggerating.
Destiny O. Birdsong is a Louisiana-born poet, fiction writer, and essayist whose work has either appeared or is forthcoming in Poets & Writers, The Paris Review Daily, Boston Review, African American Review, and elsewhere. Her debut poetry collection, Negotiations, was published by Tin House Books in October 2020, and was longlisted for the 2021 PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry Collection. Her debut novel, Nobody's Magic, is forthcoming from Grand Central in February 2022. She earned both her MFA and PhD from Vanderbilt University.
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It is not so much that these things are invisible as it is that people are trained to hide them, and society is conditioned to look away from them.
How sad that I couldn’t regard myself with more kindness before, but how necessary it felt now that I was in constant pain.