My latest essay on The Mighty, about finally learning to accept my body once I developed a serious chronic illness, can be found here (That’s a picture of Mandelstam, whose poem “A Body Has Been Given to Me” begins the essay. It’s not the most flattering picture of him, but it’s the bravest: it’s his mug shot from when he was arrested and sent to the camps).
In related news, I was finally, finally given a definitively positive diagnosis of Lyme disease a few days ago, after being sick on and off for more than 20 years, and so weak that I struggle to walk for the past two years. Lyme is super-serious, people! Check for ticks!