On Losing My Ability to Read and Write

I hope none of you ever experience this…

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27990335_10155488201457496_1176715735_oBy Rae Pagliarulo

Right around my birthday this past January, as I was on my way to a friend’s house carrying a pizza for dinner, I slipped on a sheet of ice, flew into the air, and landed on my head. My first thought was not about the excruciating pain I was in. Nor was it about the pizza that was lying next to me, upside down and probably oozing cheese everywhere. My first thought was, “Please don’t let me have a concussion. I cannot lose my ability to read or write. I can’t.”

A day of willful ignorance later, I went to the doctor. While I didn’t have any apparent physical or neurological damage (a fact that I will be grateful for until the end of time), I did have a shaky, scrambled, and definitely concussed brain that needed tons of rest in order to heal. I gulped as…

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4 thoughts on “On Losing My Ability to Read and Write

  1. Thank you for sharing this very important post. It sheds light on what I and, I suspect, many writers hide away in our psyches. Namely the fact that our love of writing and reading causes us to neglect our loved ones, both family and friends. Writing becomes the focus of our lives. Everything else is an intrusion.

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