SISTERLY TALK : Real Stories from Real Women

Her Happiest Endings

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Her Happiest Endings

Because every woman has her own journey. The girls and I were at our typical Thursday evening hangout at the Bowery Hotel. Gemma restaurant to be exact. The endless cocktails, charming bartenders, delicious Italian food, and ambiance never fails. One cocktail turned into three and that’s when Juli gets to talking. Juli - I just love her. She’s one of those friends who, well, always does everything right. Never misses Sunday church services, graduated top of her class (every time), married a handsome dentist, has three stunning children who all play piano perfectly, and her French bulldog couldn’t be more obedient. Not...

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Rental Womb

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Rental Womb

Because every woman has her own journey. At 17 years old, I was reading the local newspaper and an advertisement about surrogacy instantly seized my attention. It was one money-maker I had never thought of before. The year prior, my dad passed away. I left school to help my mother and two older sisters run our family farm through challenging financial times. We always had food to eat, and a roof over our heads, but luxuries like a new pair of shoes, or coat were reserved for extraordinarily special occasions. With my sister’s full-time job, and our family contributions on...

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Pregnant at 40

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Pregnant at 40

Because every woman has her own journey. I’ve never had much luck with men. Long-term relationships, and commitment just weren’t my thing. I partially attribute this to my upbringing. My parents are from Japan; and growing up, my dad had all the authority in our family of three. I cannot say my mom had an issue with it. She never spoke badly of him or went against any of his wishes. Not even the slightest attempt - whatsoever. He was always right, regardless of the situation. She wouldn’t even attend dinner with friends against his will.  She genuinely felt secure...

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[un] Lucky Seed

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[un] Lucky Seed

Because every woman has her own journey. That was the moment I knew my son wasn’t my husband’s. I am originally from West Los Angeles. Born to immigrant parents who fled the Middle East in search of a better life for myself and my sister. Life in my hometown was a bit suffocating, to say the least. My dad is Turkish (of Persian descent), and my mom is 100% Persian-- a fact that anyone meeting her learns within the first 8 seconds of conversation. For us, family gatherings were sights to be seen. Overly ostentatious handbags, jewelry, outfits, endless name-dropping,...

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African American and Pregnant

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African American and Pregnant

Because every woman has her own journey. I’m pretty sure it was the hottest day of the year. I woke up at 7:00am, had my usual half-caf chai, and started scrolling through the pages of Essence Magazine with the iconic Naomi Campbell on the cover. Due to give birth in just under 15 weeks, I was taking it easy. I regularly practiced prenatal yoga, was sure to eat tons of fresh produce, and kept myself busy with new ideas for the baby nursery. I was an operations manager at a luxury spa in the area, but our facility was closed...

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