Hysteria. There's a lot of it about. The entire world is in turmoil, and the news seems to jump from one crisis to another. But I'm going to talk about where the word hysteria comes from. If you don't already know this story, it will surprise you.
Once upon a time, all women were healers. We had to be. There was nothing else. We sought out plants to staunch bleeding, to minimise infection, to combat the symptoms of diseases that had no names. We supported our sisters, our nieces and our daughters through pregnancy and childbirth. We shared our knowledge, their joy. We held their hands through suffering and pain. And when there was nothing more we could do, we closed their eyes and held the broken people left behind.