I get a text message from my son who has just gotten his second dose of the birth-control pill.
He texts me back that he’s feeling great.
I look up the number for the Centers for Disease Control.
It’s 7:30 a.m. and the doctors have already rung me to make sure I’m okay.
They want to give me the shot right now, they say.
What does that mean?
It means I’m ready to go.
A few hours later, I get an email from a CDC employee, who says, “We’re giving you the vaccine today.”
What does it mean?
Well, it means I can feel the difference.
I start taking the pill.
It makes me feel like I’m in control of my own body.
I don’t have to worry about having kids.
And for the first time, I don.
My son’s not a burden anymore.
In the next few weeks, he can start to worry that his parents are leaving him.
But I’m still going to work, and he’s still going on to college.
I have a great career.
The birth control has changed my life.
It changed my health.
And now, I’m starting to feel more confident about my sexuality and about what I can do for my kids.
I just hope it doesn’t take too long before I’m able to start seeing some real benefits, too.