The Year of Wonder - Maggie Stiefvater
June 27, 2020

The Year of Wonder

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What a difference a year makes.

This time last year, I nearly died by the side of the road in New York while traveling on tour; I didn’t know it yet, but my body no longer made cortisol, which humans need to . . . well, do anything, really. 

I’d lost a lot of my hair, a lot of weight, a lot of my brain power, developed allergies to everything, and could only manage to be awake for a handful of hours each day. I’d already been trying to discover what was wrong with me for more than a year before this, but that summer 2019 Addisonian crisis finally sent me to Johns Hopkins for treatment.

My recovery wasn’t immediate because my organs had taken a beating from being ill for so long, but a year out, I’m finally myself again and I find myself able —for the first time in a very, very long time— to actually occupy my own life.

It’s such an odd, out of place feeling to have: so many people have lost the summers they’d planned this year; I, on the other hand, didn’t think I would get one at all. I’m so grateful to have a head full of stories again.