September 3rd, 2004

lesser ceremony

on understanding illness

Many people who read this probably understand better what I'm feeling right now than I do myself: this has been a very strange period for me.

A few months ago, my father was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, and for the past month, he has developed a cough which the doctors initially thought was pneumonia. As it turns out, it's emphysema. He's now taking advair to help him breathe better, but it is very shocking to see a man who at most had taken maybe five sick days his entire working career, now very sick.
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