When Your Life Becomes a Headline

Writing headlines is a required skill in my line of work. For me, it’s the most satisfying part of the creative process because it’s what people will read first.

I’ve studied headlines since I was a little girl. My parents were newspaper carriers, so I always had access to the headlines first thing every morning. Now, I scan the Internet at intervals throughout the day for headlines that catch my eye.

I think the intrigue behind headlines is that there’s life or a story behind them. That’s why I got into this business. I like hearing, sharing and creating stories.

And recently, my life became a headline. I got the heartbreaking news no mother wants to hear. I thought I was expecting a baby, but in reality it was a sort-of tumor.

The headline “It’s Not a Baby; It’s a Tumor” keeps running through my head as I recover from the surgery to remove what’s clinically called a “molar pregnancy.” The simplest explanation is that it’s a problem with fertilization and a mass forms in place of an embryo.

The clinical outlook for this condition is really good, but there were words of “possible cancer” and feelings of devastation. The next six months will be filled with testing (to get hormone levels back to normal) and waiting (we weren’t trying for a baby, but we have to wait it out for almost a year).

I’ll never look at headlines the same way again because when your life becomes one, it’s even more important to think about the story and the life behind it.