The Unspeakable Gift

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2014 Dateline Award Winner, Editorial, “The Unspeakable Gift”, Washingtonian Magazine, award presented by the Society of Professional Journalists, Washington, DC

A review of “The Unspeakable Giftsmall-2013_Aug

“Katie Steedly’s first-person piece is a riveting retelling of her participation in a National Institutes of Health study that aided her quest to come to grips with her life of living with a rare genetic disorder. Her writing is superb. For example, her great sense of relief at finding that her heart works correctly comes through clearly in such well-crafted passages as her description of watching a movie made of her heart beating: “Muscles moved with the fluidity of a ballet dancer. Blood flowed like a river. Valves opened and closed as elegantly as a bird’s wings.”

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