We Hear You! Letters from Our November 2013 Issue

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by MORE • Editors

Dear Editor:

The article in the November issue about the link between domestic violence and chronic illness left me absolutely speechless.  I think this might be the most powerful, important writing your magazine has ever published.  This is must read information - I have already shared on social media and will be distributing copies at the non-profit I work for.  Bravo to the researchers who took this on, to Alexis Jetter, and to More!  Keep pieces like these coming.

Sincerely,
--Jessica Murphy

On Wednesday, October 23 I was just told that I had severe arthritis in my neck with disintegrating discs.  I also have severe arthritis in my feet.  My doctor said he couldn't believe it was so bad for my age.  It was like I was 10-15 years older in my body.

I have had chronic sinus problems and have had four surgeries.  After the abuse started I developed severe allergies.  I have lots of other symptoms.  Sometimes I blamed myself.

So here is the cool news!  I came home from the doctor and took your magazine out and found the article on A Hidden Cause of Chronic Illness.  (I just started my subscription again after a few years - love the format!).  I could not believe it.  It explains everything.  The best part is its not really my fault.  Yes it is for marrying two abusers but no it is not for what they did).  It is so much easier when you have information and you can throw blame out the window.  It's like Katy Perry's new song "By the Grace of God" and the lyrics are "We were living on a fault line and I thought the fault was all mine!"

Thanks for caring enough about us survivors to publish such a great article and thanks to Alexis Jetter for writing it.
--Anonymous

One cannot help but feel an emotional tug when reading about these women's experiences.  Another thread of proof of the mind-body connection.

I myself, used to jump three feet in the air if anyone came up behind me and always the reaction would be "What's wrong with you?".  Having a black eye at the age of two months was the beginning of sixteen years of beatings from an angry father.  He's ninety-one now and while strokes have caused physical frailty, his mind and his tongue are as sharp and abusive as ever.  It's taken a long, long time to become more emotionally balanced, but better late than never.  Domestic violence can come from parents and siblings as well as partners.
--Anonymous

After reading your amazing magazine last night I wanted to share my 43, after 5 children and a journey back to a healthy lifestyle that has allowed me a life I never imagined. Thank you for showing that Over 40 Rocks!

In Health
--Nancy

Lesley,

Congratulations !! On the wonderful trueful article on DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. I live this life for twenty  years. I no longer live with this man. I left him in the summner of 1993.  I have develope a chronic illness Rheumatory Arthritis. God Bless your magazine and the author plus The Verizon Foundation.
--Anonymous

Thank you for the above mentioned article in your November issue!

I read it and re-read it.

Domestic violence is, unfortunately, an old subject that seems to me to be a difficult one to decrease in the statistics but what made your article beyond fantastic is the study on how it affects children and makes them ill.

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Lulu Shelley12.01.2013

When I first discovered More is 2004 I was 44. I was so excited to find a magazine that discussed issues revelant to my age and older. I recommended this magazine to all my friends and became a subscriber. I have been reading letter after letter how you have changed it, along with you editorial discussing this a few months back. Maybe the magazine was losing money, who know? I almost hope that was the reason you changed it other than just making it your own, putting your stamp on it. This was not the vision of the founder and I would be furious if you did that.
I used to spend t least an hour on my first read through. Now, I spend about 30 minutes. The articles aren't as intriguing, but mostly it is do to the font size. I have to put on my bifocals to attempt to read your magazine, and even then I start skimming throught it. Too much type squeezed in narrow rows with small fonts.
I plan on letting my subscription run out. It's a crying shame what you've done to this one magazine for us.

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