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Lori Futcher

lives with her husband and two children in Cleveland, Tennessee.

Surviving the Storms

The weather wasn’t the only thing that frightened us.

Tornado watches and warnings had been going off all day; but for our family, the storms had been brewing for nine months.

At first the storms had hit outside our immediate family: my sister’s troubled marriage, my mother’s diagnosis of terminal cancer. Then I started having unexplained pains. After seeing a collection of doctors, I was referred to the Mayo Clinic, where I was told I had a rare, disabling condition: systemic mastocytosis.

Now in my final month of medical leave, I was still weeks away from learning if I would be approved for disability. For all I knew, our family was on the verge of having no income.

If this wasn’t …

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