Defining Grace after surgery

Lafayette (Ind.) Journal & Courier (10.25.2015)

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This story came from a reader who emailed me about her granddaughter, 8-year-old Grace Lorton, who underwent surgery for Chiari malformation. After telling her mom about her intense headaches, Grace endured a major operation to correct the structural defect in the back of her brain and skull. Afterward, the third-grader found her energy sapped and any movement of her neck painful.

As I talked to the reader and Grace’s mom, it was evident that the young girl’s strength and the sense of self she found in her hobby — acting — was a powerful story. After the story ran, her family invited me to one of her shows, where I was able to see her passion and talent for her craft.