Amid a heavy yr of well being information, this reporter discovered pleasure in a single couple’s story.

Amid a heavy yr of well being information, this reporter discovered pleasure in a single couple’s story.

Through the vacation season, Fort Price Report journalists are remembering their favourite tales of 2022. Click on right here to learn extra essays.

(Alexis Allison | Fort Price Report)

I used to be within the liminal house between illness and well being once I met the Blys. Cody and Abby, a newlywed couple in Fort Price, have been recovering from an sudden most cancers prognosis. I used to be recovering from COVID-19. 

The remaining dregs of my sickness — mind fog, sore throat — have been starting to fade, however the cell-deep exhaustion had set in. Reporting was laborious that month, and it might get tougher nonetheless. I’d go on to put in writing about suicide, mass shootings, overdoses and system shortages; first responders coping and ERs overflowing. Well being information in Texas is heavy, no matter the place you stand on a given challenge.

However the Blys provided a narrative of marvel: Via a sequence of accidents, Cody had found one thing unusual in Abby’s neck and— properly, I invite you to learn the remainder: 

This Valentine’s Day story entails religion, science and most cancers — and it’ll make you’re feeling good. 

The promise within the headline got here from expertise. The Bly’s story held excellent news, and excellent news is a balm. When my very own reporting grew robust within the succeeding months, I returned to their story — delighted it exists, and that it’s true. (Additionally, I checked in with Cody simply earlier than Christmas: He says Abby is wholesome and properly, he’s wrapping up his fourth yr of medical faculty with an upcoming rotation in Thailand.)

As we enter our remaining days of 2022, in some methods, we, too, are in a liminal house of the pandemic. The monotonous shock of March 2020 has largely light, and but the results of these early years stay. My hope for every of us is that we search the tales which can be good and true, nevertheless small. 

For me, doing so is a self-discipline — a type of self-care. What’s yours? 

I do know 2023 will convey its share of laborious tales, and I’ll be right here to report them. However I’ll additionally search for excellent news, tales like Abby’s and Cody’s that convey pleasure and a reminder:

Generally, issues do get higher. Generally, they do work out in the long run.

Alexis Allison is the well being reporter on the Fort Price Report. Her place is supported by a grant from Texas Well being Sources. Contact her at or through Twitter. On the Fort Price Report, information selections are made independently of our board members and monetary supporters. Learn extra about our editorial independence coverage right here.

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