Hanna's Voice: Grappling with Acceptance

I do not come from the grieving type. We have stood at graves of beloveds who died of cancer, car crashes, murder. We didn’t grieve. We moved on. I google grief and see that it’s a process: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance. “F-that,” I say, slamming my laptop closed. “No time to be a sad sack.” Naively, I try to white-knuckle acceptance.

Grappling with Acceptance at Creative Mornings Pittsburgh

The theme for May 2023 was “Acceptance”—a challenging theme for someone who was diagnosed with ALS a few short months before.

Hanna brings her usual frank honesty, joy of life, and invitation into the bigger story. She was assisted in this presentation by a group of friends: Marc Rettig, Erika Johnson, Erika Kestenberg, Michelle King, and Seth Payne.

The hosts of Creative Mornings Pittsburgh are Nathan Darity and Bridget Mullins.


Hanna wrote this piece in preparation for this event. It is not a transcript of the video, though it is nearly
that for the parts which were read by Hanna’s friends at the event.

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