I love it. You really bare yourself without being sentimental, and I think that's challenging to do when you know you're writing about something that will tug heartstrings. What you say about the body finding its own way through is so true. I think it's true for every level of us. Our culture tries to make us deal with all of our layers through one vehicle--a medication, a therapeutic approach, a spiritual approach... It takes the whole party. I'm glad your essay is getting recognition. It deserves it.
I'm very glad to have met you!