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At 27 years old, I finally turned the pages on that chapter of my life once and for all. 11 Chapter Two Moving From Dis-ease to Disease I recall walking through the automatic doors at the supermarket as a little girl, feeling a compelling urge to touch the floor before my mother picked me up and propped me in the seat of the shopping cart. I needed a plan, and the one I finally hit upon was fixing my sandal while casually allowing my fingers to brush the floor. I don’t remember feeling anxious back then.

She’s covered in her own hair. ’’ Not Just Another Shy Teenager Meanwhile, Mrs. H. set a pile of graded papers on the edge of her desk, ready to return them to the class. What did she think of my answers? I wondered. Were they silly, messy, too long, too short, too precise, or just plain wrong? Did my work look like I was trying too hard or not hard enough? I tried to read Mrs. ’s face quickly, without making eye contact. I was sure every suggestion she made to the class was aimed squarely at me: ‘‘You must be neater.

What about my nervous way of filling crepes during the annual Mardi Gras festival, or all of the times I’d come into her room a nervous wreck because her class followed my driving days in drivers’ education? According to her, I was like a lot of other students: As I think back to when Emily was one of my students, she was so much like many other young women who are uncomfortable in their own skin as they are still finding out who they really are. —Mrs. W. In subsequent interviews with other teachers, Mrs.

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