With fists, with words, with kindness
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Lisa Gray Giurato is a recent graduate of the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program. She lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with her two sons, who hope she’ll one day write a story with wizards and cats.
I placed a check mark next to the box on the insurance form that said “pre-existing condition.” I placed a check mark next to “nonsmoker.” I placed a check mark next to dog owner, homeowner, married, employed, college educated, drinks socially, and has no savings or family members with money to turn to for help. I placed a check mark next to I want to live to be twenty-six.