Why ME???

Better question: Why NOT me?

Photo Credit — Storm talk / Oakfield, Wisconsin tornado — 1996 / Wikimedia Commons

In 2003 I found myself in excruciating pain, spiking fevers of 102 and higher, and catheterized in Bellevue Hospital next to a dying ward-mate. I had started my first decent-paying job that was kinda-sorta in my field and signed the lease on my very own rent-stabilized one-bedroom apartment in Manhattan six months earlier. Laying there, unable to move and shivering through a mini-withdrawal from…

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