By Alice Eve Cohen

"Darkly hilarious...an unforeseen package of joy."
-O, The Oprah Magazine

Alice Cohen used to be chuffed for the 1st time in years. After a tough divorce, she had a brand new love in her lifestyles, she used to be rais­ing a liked followed daughter, and her profession was once blossoming. Then she all started experiencing mysterious signs. After months of assessments, x-rays, and inconclusive diagnoses, Alice underwent a CAT experiment that exposed the reality: she used to be six months pregnant.

At age forty-four, without prenatal care and no insurance for a high-risk being pregnant, Alice was once besieged by way of evaluations from medical professionals and acquaintances approximately what was once moral, what was once loving, what used to be correct. With the intimacy of a diary and the suspense of a mystery, What i assumed I Knew is a ruefully humorous, wickedly candid story; a narrative of wish and renewal that turns the entire "knowns" upside down.

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That night I wept for a long time. Brad sat quietly on the bed and held me when I was too exhausted to cry anymore. Our grief satisfied Patricia, our social worker at Spence-Chapin adoption agency. She had met many infertile couples who treated adoption as an insurance plan, while secretly hoping to have a real baby, so that they could be real parents. We passed the cathartic grief test, and she signed us up. We waited two years for a birth mother to choose us. Zoe was nineteen years old and didn’t realize she was pregnant till her sixth month, when it was too late for an abortion.

So easy. All she needs is love and one pill. CAH girls are strong and athletic. Many grow up to be lesbians. But I think your baby does not have CAH. I think her penis is from estrogen pills Alice took during pregnancy. I will look at baby on day she is born. ” “It’s going to be okay, Alice,” says Michael. I don’t share his confidence. At home, I read the twelve-page patient information insert from my hormone prescription. “Do not take during pregnancy. . Deformities in newborn rats when taken during pregnancy.

An abortion is not legal after twenty-four weeks. This is really very good news, Alice, but you’re in shock right now. I thought you had a tumor, I was afraid you had cancer, I really did, or I never would have sent you for a CAT scan. But you don’t have a tumor. You’re healthy. The fetus is healthy. Call me Monday and I’ll refer you to a high-risk obstetrician. Go home now. Take it easy this weekend. Drink lots of water. Oh, and stop taking the estrogen! ” the radiologist asks. “Yes. No. ” I know already, but I don’t want him to tell me.

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