An Enzyme and a Marathon Gave Me Hope After My Assault
I decided to try to find a more complete scientific narrative about trauma instead of accepting damage as a foregone conclusion.
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Alterations in declarative memory
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In 2017, after graduating with a degree in neuroscience, I ran the New York City Marathon in the pouring rain, a race that holds a special place in my heart. The crowds at the base of the Queensboro bridge made my heart swell when I heard them cheering from a mile away. As I flew across the finish line, “Alive” by Sia was blasting from the same iPod shuffle I had used during that first run after my assault.
I’m still breathing
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