By Nicole Schowalter

I am an extreme extrovert with a story for everything.

My inherent optimism balances my propensity to “catastrophize.” Every day, I try to embrace this dichotomy. Writing helps.

This whole rhapsody

My voice caught firmly in my throat.  When it finally made its way out, after what seemed like at least a decade, it trembled mercilessly. I sounded like a fifth grader giving her first book report. I certainly had everyone’s attention now. This was the last thing they expected to hear from me, and my…