Listen to “Redefining the pain scale,” read by Jennifer Brough.
1. Remember when we first met? We laid out our dreams like a picnic spread and walked so closely even the darkness was warm. i loved you almost instantly.
2. In the archives of my life, i’m sure there have been years without pain but have misplaced the files.… Read more ““Redefining the pain scale” by Jennifer Brough”
Listen to “Autoimmune,” read by the author.
I am my own worst enemy.
Caught in the grip of a familiar fatigue, malaise and pain, I struggle.
My body fights itself. Joints stiffen and twist of their own volition; muscles tire without exertion. I am exhausted but cannot sleep. There are drugs to take, and these have their own terrible consequences.… Read more ““Autoimmune” by Adrienne Pilon”
Listen to Constance Bourg read her poem, “Please Pay at the Reception Desk on Your Way Out”
No one is saying that your illness is in your mind.
You may well find yourself having all sorts
of physical symptoms. But our tests are the source
that we base our opinion on.… Read more ““Please Pay at the Reception Desk on Your Way Out” by Constance Bourg”
At 24 years old, Siobhan Hebron did not expect the migraines she had been experiencing for a week in the summer of 2014 to be anything more than a fluke. Instead, an MRI revealed the actual cause—a tumor, which was obstructing the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in her brain and causing the headaches.… Read more “Siobhan Hebron’s FIVE YEARS and “Tolerating the Abled””
I know we broke up six months ago — and it’s not that we don’t keep in touch — we see each other rather frequently, at least 3 times a day. But we used to see each other ten times a day, sometimes more, sometimes we’d spend an entire day together.… Read more ““Dear John” by Rylie Cooper”