Thalidomide in the News

The Glass Ceilings of Thalidomide

The Glass Ceilings of Thalidomide

I am sitting right now, looking upward at a glass ceiling right above my head, so close that it concerns me. I can see where I want to go, but I can’t get there.

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Are You a “Thalidomide Baby”?

Are You a “Thalidomide Baby”?

US Thalidomide Survivors, a nonprofit organization based in St. Paul, Minnesota, is looking for people born between 1957 and 1963 with defects possibly caused by their mother taking thalidomide in the first trimester of pregnancy.

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Secrets and Lies

Secrets and Lies

Summer 1979
“Oh my God! Were you a thalidomide baby?”
A gray-haired man stood staring at my disfigured arms and hands; trapped in the aisle, my heart raced.

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Normalizing “different”

Normalizing “different”

For more than 45 years I worked hard to hide my physical differences and associated struggles. Each decade became more difficult until I could no longer hide.

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