Healing is a Luxury and a Necessity: Pain, Race, and Grace

TW: Self Harm

Karen poses for a picture by Lisa Gray

Why am I here? Why do I exist? Why can’t I stop the hurt? Why can’t I make it better? Why can’t I be enough? Why can’t I be?

I have often asked these questions when I stare at my skin, rich with melanin. I have often asked these questions when I run my fingers over my scar or sit in doctors offices that feel too familiar. I continue to ask these questions because I think it is important we ask and search even if we know we will never fully know.

Athlete. Artist. Writer. she/her.

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