IV-to-IVF: A beautiful and brave essay from Maia Szalavitz

Last year, I had the chance to be interviewed by writer Maia Szalavitz for a feature she was writing for TIME and MSN on the unusual origins of drugs with therapeutic uses. (My blogpost on the subject with links to the features is here.)

I had the pleasure of meeting Maia in person at the ScienceOnline2011 conference here in Research Triangle Park, NC, back in January and learned more about her path to writing. We had a couple of great talks about life and writing. But the chat that stuck in my mind the most was her description of the irony of currently injecting herself with superovulatory fertility drugs for in an in vitro fertilization (IVF) regimen 22 years after ceasing to be addicted to IV recreational drugs.

This week, Maia has written a brave, personal, and powerful piece about this experience for The Fix*, a brand-new, no-nonsense addiction and recovery news site.

I’ve just spent 15 minutes trying to decide which excerpt to put here but I can’t pick just one. So, go read it yourself – it’s not very long – and you’ll be glad you did.

Thank you, Maia, for sharing this with us. And good luck!

*(no, not Cy Curnin’s the 80’s band, The Fixx)

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