The Cost of Suffering

By Laura Edwards

Today is my sister’s 17th birthday. She can’t eat her favorite ice cream cake anymore, but my mother ordered a pink and purple ice cream cake anyway. Batten disease does its best to steal everything, but we grin and bear it and do our best to have normal experiences, because that’s what Taylor would do.

Unfortunately, Taylor is spending her 17th birthday in the hospital. After a rough night, she ended up being taken to the hospital by medic late this morning. The doctors can’t figure out exactly what’s wrong. But it’s likely a recent forced change to one of her medications is the main culprit. continue reading →