Brainstorms and Building Walls


I’ve had a uniquely obnoxious and oft-debilitating inherited genetic disorder all my life. It doesn’t show on the outside, so people don’t realize I struggle with it. And most often, I don’t tell them because people only want you to listen to them. They don’t want to hear you’re sick, or what you struggle with daily. And worst of all, if they do know, they will label you. Unconsciously, or not, you become the one who is always sick.

My life has been filled with conversations like this:

“I know you can’t help being sick, but you said you would go….”

“You’re just trying to get out of it. You’re always sick.”

“Wait, let me guess. You’re sick.”

I have CVID, or common variable immunodeficiency. In layman’s terms, my immune system does not work. It is a mutant community of trolls. It is a band of juvenile miscreants plotting their…

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About Natalie R. Collins

Natalie has more than 30 years writing, editing, proofreading and design experience. She has written 20 books (and counting), has worked for the Sundance Film Festival, and as an investigative journalist, editor, and proofreader. She embraces her gypsy-heart and is following her new free-thinking journey through life. Follow her as she starts over and learns a bunch of life's lessons--some the hard way.
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