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Donna Jackson Nakazawa

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Donna Jackson Nakazawa’s writing career began when she was twelve years old. Her father, a journalist, had passed away unexpectedly, his death a mystery she couldn’t seem to solve, and she found herself recording in a forgotten journal everything she was feeling, everything the people around her were feeling, who said and did what, what it all might mean. Writing helped her to make sense of a world without her father; to diminish the pain of loss; and above all, to feel relief. When she came to the last page of her first journal, she wrote, “I’m going to be a writer.” She didn’t know that she had become one already.

As she got older, she published a handful of poems and short stories, joined the staff of Duke’s literary journal, published st
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This is Part Two of my Three Part Series, Female Adversity: The Female Body and Brain on Toxic Stress


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“When he was alive, you shared a great affinity. A love of writing, books, Shakespeare, journalism, a certain way of looking at the world,” Marla says. “You must have felt very validated by him, understood for who you were. Your incredible connection to him was very empowering.”
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“For the rest of Kat’s childhood, she moved from one relative’s house to another’s, up and down the East Coast, living in four homes before entering high school. Finally, in high school, she lived for a few years with her grandmother, her mom’s mom, whom she called “G-Ma.” No one ever talked about her mom’s murder. “In my family, my past was ‘The Big Unmentionable’—including my role in putting my own father in jail,” she says. In high school, Kat appeared to be doing well. She was an honor student who played four varsity sports. Beneath the surface, however, “I was secretly self-medicating with alcohol because otherwise, by the time everything stopped and it got quiet at night, I could not sleep, I would just lie there and a terrible panic would overtake me.” She went to college, failed out, went back, and graduated. She went to work in advertising, and one day, dissatisfied, quit. She went back to grad school, piling up debt. She became a teacher. Kat quit that job too, when a relationship she had formed with another teacher imploded. At the age of thirty-four, Kat went to stay with her brother and his family in Hawaii. She got a job as a valet, parking cars. “I’d come home from parking cars all day and curl up on my bed in the back bedroom of my brother’s house, and lie there feeling desperate and alone, my heart beating with anxiety.”
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“It was as if I’d been running from my past, my story, my pain, and I’d run smack into myself again,” she says.”
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