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This chapter of the book moves back and forth between Rosemarie and Rachel’s memories of the late 1990s when Rosemarie was suffering from the severe pain of diabetic neuropathic cachexia and related health challenges. Trading voices, mother and daughter recall how the illness was diagnosed, the struggle to locate appropriate treatments, Rosemarie’s powerful determination to get well, and the songs, dreams, and stories that helped propel both women through a very challenging time. The chapter also outlines Rosemarie’s fellowship year at the Bunting Institute where she and Rachel began the writing that would become Remnants, an effort that helped Rosemarie recover her health.

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