It's not often that a Medium story moves me to tears, or that I underline sentences and paragraphs the way I have with this one. I don't even know where to start, Shannon. Mostly I wish I could contribute enormously to your Crowdfunding account, but my own financial struggles preclude it. Not the subject of your story, but what is wrong with a health care system in which patients are forced to resort to such measures to pay for their medical treatment? It's a rhetorical question.

I hope you don't lose faith, Shannon, your writing is powerful and inspiring. We, most writers, do suffer self-doubt, struggle economically and, sadly, the income from our writing is sometimes the validation we need, both practically and emotionally.

I hope your struggles ease a little.

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You make some very good point, Yana, about race and class. I haven't had your experiences so I won't even touch on that. My aversion to Markle is that while her claim to fame exists almost entirely because of her marriage into royalty--I'd never heard of her previously--she appears to want all the benefits without the responsibilities of actually being a working member of royalty.

Incidentally, I'm not a monarchist, I find the whole thing an anachronism. I have pretty much the same feelings towards Kate Middleton who before marrying the heir to the throne seems to have done nothing much with her life. Her saving grace, in my opinion, is that she has at stuck it out and performed all the appropriate things that royalty are expected to do.

Still the idea of deference to either of these women is laughable--in my opinion of course.

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Janice Macdonald

Janice Macdonald

At 68, I started a new chapter in my life: I moved to France. Alone. It turned out to be quite the page-turner. Still is — even when age insists on a part.