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residentActivist Mystic Author Turns Personal Loss into Charming Memoir
by Lisa Saunders T
he moment my daughter Elizabeth was born in 1989, I felt a stab of fear. My immediate thought was “Her head looks so small - so deformed.” The neonatologist said, “Your daughter has profound
microcephaly - her brain is very small. If she lives, she will never roll over, sit up, or feed herself.” He concluded that Elizabeth’s birth defects were caused by congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV).
How did I catch this virus that I had barely heard
of? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), congenital CMV is the leading viral cause of birth defects - causing more disabilities than Down syndrome. CMV is spread through bodily fluids such as saliva and urine. Women who care for young children are at a higher risk for catching it because preschoolers are the majority of carriers. While I was pregnant with Elizabeth, I not only had a toddler of my own, but also ran a licensed daycare center in my home. I felt sick at what my ignorance had done to my little girl. In milder cases, children with congenital CMV may lose hearing or struggle with learning disabilities. But Elizabeth’s case was not a mild one. Sixteen years later, I awoke feeling so proud on
Elizabeth’s birthday. She had fought hard to stay with us, surviving bouts with pneumonia, seizures and surgeries. Weighing only 50 pounds, she looked odd to strangers as a result of her small head and big adult teeth, but she was lovely to us with her long, thick brown hair, large blue eyes and soul-capturing smile. Although Elizabeth was still in diapers, and could not speak or hold up her head, she was a very happy young lady with a love of adventure — long car rides being one of her favorite activities. She especially enjoyed going to school and being surrounded by people, paying no mind to the stares of children who approached her in public. When she wasn’t busy, she sat propped on our couch watching cartoons with a big, lazy dog we got from an animal shelter. Two months after turning 16, Elizabeth died during a
Carson’s Store: Where Loretta Lane Knows Your Name residentWomanInBiz
seizure. When my husband looked down into her lifeless eyes, he cried, “No one is ever going to look at me again the way Elizabeth did.”
story & photo by Maren Schober
sk anyone in Noank how to find Carson’s Variety Store and they will tell you with a broad grin on their face. Few stores are loved and treasured like this one and for good reason. Founded by Jane Carson in 1907, this little store at 43 Main Street, Noank is still going strong after 104 years. Home-cooked food is still being cooked up and dished out with love. Everybody knows everybody here especially Loretta Lane, manager of Carson’s.
It is 9:30 in the morning when I visit and a steady stream of villagers are coming in and out. “We come here often,” Andy and Bunny Noel, tell me. “We are regulars. This place is like family to us. Everyone talks to each other.”
Stepping inside the store is like going back to
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Lisa Saunders, Mystic author, and daughter, Elizabeth, sharing a loving hug when Elizabeth was 3 years old. Lisa has turned the loss of her daughter, shortly after her 16th birthday, into a charming memoir to help awareness and prevention of congenital CMV.
Two years later, I spoke at the International 2008
Congenital CMV Convention at the CDC in Atlanta, GA. After my speech, mothers approached me holding their children wearing hearing aids or pushing them in wheelchairs and wanted to know the same thing: “Why didn’t my OB/GYN warn me about CMV?” Until OB/GYNs make it a standard practice of care to
teach CMV prevention, my mission is to spread the word myself. My memoir, Anything But a Dog! The perfect pet for a girl with congenital CMV, details the adventures of raising Elizabeth alongside her tomboy sister and a series of dysfunctional pets. It concludes with CMV prevention tips from the country’s leading CMV experts. To post your comments, visit: www.theresident.com
have entertainment on Friday nights.” “I grew up here as a child, just like my parents and my grandparents did.
I have so
many good memories of this store. As a kid, if I found a penny or two, the very first thing I’d do is run down to Carson’s to buy penny candy.
“I spend most of my time in the kitchen cooking,” declares Loretta Lane, manager of Carson’s Variety Store in Noank. “Corned Beef Hash is our specialty and people come from all over for this.”
the 1950’s. Black and white checkered tile flooring, old original pictures on the walls, a long counter with stools, tables and chairs set up along the side of the room, jars of “penny” candy lining the shelf, 11 flavors of ice cream offered - Carson’s has it all. Customers sit eating their breakfast, drinking their coffee and
reading their own newspapers pulled from their mailboxes at the back of the store. Coming out of the kitchen, Loretta greets me with a smile and an outstretched hand. We talk. “I absolutely love working here,” Loretta declares. “We serve breakfast and lunch. Summertime there is seating outside and we
loved to hang out in the back of the store where you could buy all kinds of toys like caps, yoyos, and bubbles. It wasn’t very often that I would be able to buy a ‘big’ purchase like that!” “Now, I spend most of my time in the kitchen cooking, prepping for the next day, making soups, baking muffins, cookies, biscotti and always looking for new ideas in my cookbooks. Corned Beef Hash is our specialty and people come from all over for this. My sister, Christine, also helps in the kitchen.” What does Loretta like best about what she does? “I am a people person. I have a genuine
concern for each and every one of our customers. I know them by name. I share their joys, sorrows, challenges and struggles. And of course the kids! We have lots and lots of laughs!” To post your comments, visit www.theresident.com
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