View From the Hill is reflections on life by writer Carolyn Farmer Sampson through her lens as a U.S. thalidomide survivor, wife, mother and grandmother. Her past career includes an eclectic mix of positions from customer service rep to marketing communications professional, candidate for the state legislature and small business owner.

Carolyn’s mother unwittingly took a sample of thalidomide provided by her obstetrician when she was about seven weeks pregnant causing phocomelia: deformity of the limbs and digits. Carolyn was born with deformed joints in her arms and fingers and without thumbs.

Carolyn leads an effort to connect thalidomide survivors born or currently living in the United States and invites anyone with questions about the story of thalidomide in the U.S. to contact her.