Forgiveness is highly contested territory, a discourse that gets shoe-horned into over simplified, black and white reasoning, which is why I've tried to create a more nuanced and layered discussion by presenting it through the stories of real people who all think about and articulate forgiveness in different ways.
In June 2012, I was set to deploy to Afghanistan with the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division. As the commander of an Army unit, I was responsible for ensuring my soldiers were ready. I myself was prepared, as I had been for every deployment. And then came the one thing I couldn't prepare for: cancer.