Story archives - tag: "illness"


When her hair fell out I finally accepted that she had cancer.

tags: illness acceptance [add]

2012-03-30 12:59:53 / Rating: 352 /


While everyone else threw their caps in the air for graduation, I sat and worried that my mom wouldn't still be alive when I got back to the hospital.

tags: high school graduation mom death sickness illness hospital [add]

2011-06-02 14:17:05 / Rating: 684.5 /


I still wonder what my sister thought when she drove up to the house and saw me standing outside crying, keys in my hand, tugging on the door because I couldn't convince myself I'd locked it.

tags: illness ocd [add]

2010-08-17 14:36:06 / Rating: 411.75 /


I spent the night of my cousin's wedding on an air mattress in my auntie's living room, taking turns with my little brother puking in a pot.

tags: food poisoning sick ill illness wedding humiliating family wedding vomit never again please [add]

2009-12-24 00:14:32 / Rating: 521.5 /

Deli Worker

In the middle of preparing eighteen hot dogs with mustard, sauce and cheese I learned that our family would be lucky to spend Christmas in a hospital and more likely to spend it at a funeral.

tags: bad news stroke illness [add]

2009-12-04 08:57:27 / Rating: 255.25 /


The 9-1-1 EMTs arrived after the seven longest minutes of my life.

tags: emergency parents illness mortality [add]

2009-11-30 13:02:31 / Rating: 368 /


I knew by the expression on the doctor's face what it said on the clipboard before he opened his mouth.

tags: illness doctor imminent death [add]

2008-04-23 14:52:57 / Rating: 448.5 /

The Sick Girl

I used to consider one of my biggest talents to be pill-swallowing because I could swallow 8-13 medicines and supplements at a time.

tags: illness bedridden medicine strange talent [add]

2008-03-06 13:02:47 / Rating: 406.25 /

never the bride

He told me as far as he was concerned we were married, then he died of AIDS.

tags: marriage illness [add]

2007-05-17 13:49:53 / Rating: 541.5 /

Sociologist Tina

I fear that people would believe me to be a malingerer, and even my estranged father, upon hearing about the dilemma which my symptoms presented, commented, "I think you're allergic to work."

tags: illness father conversation trust daughter family support belief money failure [add]

2006-12-27 11:55:49 / Rating: 856.25 /