Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Your Tuesday Morning Read: 'The Girl Who Feels No Pain'

Posted By on Tue, Nov 20, 2012 at 10:09 AM

It's a bit early on a Tuesday to get into a lengthy magazine feature, but this portrait of a girl born without the ability to feel pain is a fascinating read—one that you're bound to go back into throughout the day.

Check out an excerpt here from New York Times Magazine:

The girl who feels no pain was in the kitchen, stirring ramen noodles, when the spoon slipped from her hand and dropped into the pot of boiling water. It was a school night; the TV was on in the living room, and her mother was folding clothes on the couch. Without thinking, Ashlyn Blocker reached her right hand in to retrieve the spoon, then took her hand out of the water and stood looking at it under the oven light. She walked a few steps to the sink and ran cold water over all her faded white scars, then called to her mother, “I just put my fingers in!” Her mother, Tara Blocker, dropped the clothes and rushed to her daughter’s side. “Oh, my lord!” she said — after 13 years, that same old fear — and then she got some ice and gently pressed it against her daughter’s hand, relieved that the burn wasn’t worse.

. . .

A couple of nights after telling me the story about putting her hand in the boiling water, Ashlyn sat in the kitchen, playing with the headband that held back her long brown hair. We had all been drawing on napkins and playing checkers and listening to Ashlyn and Tristen sing “Call Me Maybe,” when all of a sudden Tara gasped and lifted the hair away from her daughter’s ears. She was bleeding beneath it. The headband had been cutting into her skin entire time we were sitting there.

Check it out—it's an incredible read, and well worth the time.

[New York Times Magazine - "The Hazards of Growing Up Painlessly"]

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