Dear Sherry Kappel , Thank you. Although many of my pieces are about personal trauma, this piece is a work of, shall we say, creative non-fiction. I have mashed together pieces of my life with the stories of other lives who have touched mine. I guess that’s what we writers do, even if our setting is another planet.
I do feel a bit weird shuttling back and forth between “true stories” told as “art” rather than “confessionals,” creative non-fiction, and pure fiction without giving my Medium community an up-fromt heads up. But, that eould spoil the read, I think. Look for the fiction vs. the memoir tag and that will tell you.