Andrea Gibson – ‘An Insider’s Guide on How to Be Sick’

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Andrea Gibson - 'An Insider's Guide on How to Be Sick'


“You will never have a greater opportunity to learn to love your enemy, than when your enemy is your own red blood.”

 

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Transcript provided by YouTube:

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Never say the words, “This is not my life.”

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This pain that wakes you, screaming into the muzzle of the night,

00:08

that woke your lover, chased her to another room,

00:11

This fevered fainting. This tremoring chest.

00:14

These lungs like a mangled kite. This panic like a cave of bats.

00:18

This nurse drawing blood wearing doubled gloves.

00:20

This insurance doesn’t cover that.

00:22

This hurried paycheck of a doctor after doctor after doctor.

00:24

This stethoscope that never hears your heart.

00:27

This hospital bed. This fluorescent dark.

00:29

This savior prescription with side effects worse than the disease.

00:32

This please, let me have one month where I read more poems

00:36

This not knowing what the test will say.

00:40

This airplane’s medical emergency landing.

00:42

The shame when you can’t walk, shame when you can’t fuck,

00:46

shame when you’re home alone sobbing on another Friday night.

00:49

Say, “This is my life. This is my precious life.”

00:54

This is how badly I want to live.

00:57

Say sometimes you have to keep pulling yourself up by the whip,

01:01

take punch after punch to the face forward,

01:03

to the head up,…

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