Amanda Spiller

I got the best advice from my worst nightmare.

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In between spoon-fed mouthfuls of red hospital Jello, my mom says what will become her dying words.

“You’re gonna be a great dentist.”

A senior in high school, I’d written many essays about my future in dentistry: how I’d start a practice called Sunny Smiles and travel to poor countries…

The digital divide is one reason why certain communities don’t have access to the vaccine

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On a Monday afternoon in late February, my best friend’s phone lit up on the coffee table of our Airbnb. We’d escaped to the foothills outside of Yosemite for a girls' week.

In between work hours, glasses of freshly-squeezed orange juice, and Wim Hof breathing sessions, we discussed the trials…

Amanda Spiller

Trauma, grief, and healing from a poet-musician. | IG: @amandalspiller

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