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Patient voices Dope On A Rope
DOPE ON A ROPE There once was this criminal who had committed a crime. (Because, hey, that’s what criminals do. That’s their job!) Anyway, he was sent to the king for his punishment. The king told him he had a choice of two punishments. He could be hung by a rope or take what’s behind the big, dark, scary, iron door. The criminal quickly decided on the rope. As the noose was being slipped on him, he turned to the king and asked. “By the way, out of curiosity, what’s behind that door?” The king laughed and said: “You know, it’s funny, I offer everyone the same choice, and nearly everyone picks the rope.” “So,” said the criminal, “Tell me. What’s behind the door? I mean, obviously, I won’t tell anyone,” he said, pointing to the noose around his neck. The king paused then answered, “Freedom, but it seems most people are so afraid of the unknown that they immediately take the rope.” (Excerpt from “How To Be Happy Dammit.”)
Patient voices Good Blood: A @CreativSurvivor Joint
After returning home from a life saving stem cell transplant to treat Aplastic Anemia, MDS & PNH, Kevin McDevitt knew he had to do something to bring awareness to this problem, that few people were aware of. Being a self-proclaimed “Closet rapper” for many years, who happened to marry a girl who “loves to sing” He knew what he had to do: He had to come out of the closet. And that’s just what he did.....
Patient voices What Invisible Illness Really Looks Like
“Judge tenderly, if you must. There is usually a side you have not heard, a story you know nothing about, and a battle waged that you are not having to fight.” ― Traci Lea LaRussa It can’t be that bad. You don’t look sick. You’re right,I don’t because you see what I allow you to see.
Patient voices My Gift of Aplastic Anemia
If I could say anything about my life it would be it didn’t work out the way I planned and I’m better for it. Here I am almost 11 years after I was told I had two years to live, And not only am I living. I’m thriving. A major part in this journey for me has involved taking 100 percent responsibility for how I was going to turn this setback into a comeback. Until something devastating comes along and makes us look at our lives, we really never stop to do so. we never think of changing. If there is no reason to change the way we do things and strive to make ourselves better ,we stay safe and stagnant in our lifestyle patterns and behaviors even if they aren’t working for us. Having your world turned upside down with a life-threatening illness diagnosis is one of the best things that could ever happen to me, because when the bomb went off and my world came crumbling down around me, there was no longer anything to hide behind.