In response to The ICYMI Challenge (ICYMI = In Case You Missed It)

Delving into the Details: Putting the First Three Under the Microscope

Could they be hidden gems, or will they send you to sleep?

Sandi Parsons
Speaking Chronically
3 min readJun 11, 2023

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Photo Credit: Sandi Parsons

“Same, same. But different.”

It’s an iconic Thai catchphrase that features on T-shirts and souvenirs. Essentially it’s a way of saying that something is similar. But I don’t think of Thailand when I hear the phrase. I think of myself. Of the me I was and the me I became.

Same, same. But different.

I am two distinct people. I am not who I was before my transplant, and yet I am still me.

My first Medium piece was a love letter to the woman whose lungs are keeping me alive.

The day our paths collided, you became my lifeline. I was, you see, in a far worse position than I allowed myself to believe. At best, I had mere weeks left to live, yet somehow, I convinced myself that there were months and many of them.

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Sandi Parsons
Speaking Chronically

Sandi Parsons lives & breathes stories as a reader, writer, and storyteller📚 Kidlit specialist, dipping her toes in the big kid’s pool.