Amongst the most heartbreaking aspects of your story Lucy are the ways the carceral system not only formed you but also deformed you, especially at an age, as you write, when you didn’t know your body and didn’t really know or understand the world. As a society we delude ourselves that we are raising our children with the best of intentions. Several generations of brown and black children are being raised through institutionalization, by the carceral system. What does that say about us? You have overcome staggeringly difficult circumstances. What courage. What strength. What love. Thank you for sharing your extraordinary story.