For me, it's always been about the stories.
As a very young child I liked to watch people in airports and restaurants and conjure their stories.
I wrote through every class and life event, and then taught others to write.
Illness started a new chapter for me, one I turned into a book to help other patients through the choppy waters of long-term illness.
I've learned to search for the positive path forward and find the good I can do.
My life is still about the stories, and I will keep on telling them.
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Staff Photographer Courtney Runn

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flying through the darkness,
entering the magical wonder of letters


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