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Defying Death to Dance – A Paralyzed Zumba Instructor Makes a Comeback

One Zumba Instructor’s Fight Past Paralysis and Chronic Pain to Dance When I first realized I would need to learn to walk again, I felt a kind of numbing acceptance. Sure. I’ll learn to walk again, because I don’t want to stop my love of movement quite yet. I would have laughed at you if […]

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rat-lungworm survivor Aurita Maldonado

Rat Lungworm (Blog Version Pt II)

If you haven’t read (Blog Version PT I), read it before you read this. My angel’s name is Hamed. He asked me to lift my legs one at a time, then tried to touch them. The ear piecing scream and free-flowing tears he received as a result of brushing his fingers along the chafed, dull colored sticks […]

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Rat Lungworm

Inner Peace After War Pt III (The Reaffirmation)

Disclaimer: You MUST read Inner Peace After War and Pt II (The Reaction) (In that order… duh) BEFORE you read this piece, or you will be COMPLETELY lost. When I returned from the trip, still reeling from The Reaction, I was extraordinarily relieved to see my lover waiting for me, leaning on the car, patient in his naturally suave […]

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Mt Rapinski

Shared Silence

A mist sat over the water, making the heron’s reflection on the silent surface a shadowy neutral as if the world had been sketched in detailed gray-scale. It looked like it was going to be a chilly day. I sat on my porch a while longer watching the tide subtly rise. It was nearing time […]

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200 lb IED - RG-33

Bing Bang Boom Bomb Day – Recovery Towards an Authentic Life

My Journey towards an authentic life has been under way for quite a while now. It happened October 6th, 2009. I remember thinking, if we hit an IED and I’m sitting this way, I’ll break both of my legs. I adjusted my posture, pulling my feet underneath me, as opposed to wedged under the seat […]

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