Writer Peni Long
Photographer Bryan Black
When young, newly married Susan Thompson underwent the trauma of a radical hysterectomy in 1972, she began taking a prescription drug to manage her condition – a drug first created in 1942. Like anyone else at that time, she followed the doctor’s orders and had no idea of the source of the drug, just that she would need to take it for the rest of her life.
Six months after the hysterectomy, she and her husband moved to Lake Havasu to be near