Telling the Story of Disease

I don’t know how to write this story. Maybe it starts with the shaking - my legs and arms flailing uncontrollably, my whole body arching and shaking. The hospital report called the shaking “rhythmic movements,” as though I was dancing to music composed by a madman. It came out of nowhere, the shaking, and rapidly … Continue reading Telling the Story of Disease

The Insistence of the Body

Most of us take our bodies for granted. They are the vehicles in which we go about pursuing a meaningful existence. The real stuff of life is what goes on in our minds, we think: the pursuit of ideas or love or compassion or success or some other form of fulfillment. Our bodies exist only … Continue reading The Insistence of the Body