The Word Among Us

Lent 2010 Issue

The Breath of Life

Could I ever forgive my birth mother?

By: Gretchen Traylor

The Breath of Life: Could I ever forgive my birth mother? by Gretchen Traylor

Struggling for breath in the hospital emergency room, I worked to inhale the medicine flowing through the mask over my mouth. And as I fought, I thought again about the woman who gave me birth and then, as I saw it, abandoned me in the hospital to die.

I was born in 1946, very premature and weighing under three pounds. Placed in an incubator and given oxygen for my underdeveloped lungs,...

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