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Betty Jean

How loss defies life’s order and rewrites our stories

Kayla Jean Effner
Human Parts
Published in
7 min readJul 10, 2022

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I paced around my bug-infested, studio converted two-bedroom apartment with two fingers to my neck, counting the thumps. I wasn’t sure if it was stress, the questionably tasting weed I had just smoked or a combination of both, but I was absolutely certain that I was about to die of a heart attack. When I realized…

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