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How I Learned to Swim Away My Intergenerational Trauma

This fear is an ancestral one, but I wanted to overcome it to know freedom

A person floating in a pool with their right arm outstretched.
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II have a fluctuating relationship with swimming. As an adult, I gave it little to no thought, and never questioned why until last summer. When invited to a swimming event by hairstylist Felicia Leatherwood, I was forced to address memories I’d…

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