* narrative.ly: As My Face Disappeared So Did My Mother and Father

howard shulman:

Three days after his birth, a perfect baby, the carrier of his young parents’ dreams and ambitions, became what some might call a monster. Like ants on honey, a bacterial infection consumed his face, and as quickly as his face disappeared, so did his mother and father. The newborn that his parents had expected to take home and raise as their cherished son was no longer the child they had the courage to claim.

I was that baby.

die erschütternde, aber sehr einfühlsam und fast distanziert aufgeschriebene lebensgeschichte von howard shulman.