When the Pain Doesn't Go Away

"They've learned compassion, they've learned patience," she said.

Avram, she said, took charge of keeping the family going.

"It's been the worst for him," she said, "because he's had to worry so much."

But instead of managing her family life around the pain, Greenberg said she manages the family around, simply, the family.

"I play the role of a magician, with sleights of hand and tricks up my sleeve, or a juggler, struggling to keep several options afloat, or a tightrope walker, balancing precariously and hoping that I don't fall again," she said, reading from her book. "Sometimes, I'm simply a clown, foolish in my efforts; other times, I'm a lion tamer. I have mostly learned that it is a three-ring circus not a one-man show."

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