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In this article Hillary responds to the use of the term "brave" to describe children like her daughter Esmé--and why it has to be ok that sometimes she is allowed to not be brave. An excerpt and link to the full article are below.

When You Use the Word ‘Brave’ to Describe a Child With Medical Challenges

January 27, 2016

I feel like people toss around the idea of bravery a lot when they are talking about children with medical challenges. And as I am lying here in a hospital crib at 4 a.m., pinned under my sleeping daughter, Ezzy, unable to sleep myself, this is what I find myself thinking about: What does it mean to call Ezzy brave?

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