a letter to myself - 5 years ago you were so sick. your body changed and started attacking itself. you were in bed for a year and unable to move. everyday was exhausting and painful. there were so many tests and the doctors didn’t know what to do. it was difficult to relate to able-bodied friends. you stopped talking and eating. that’s what chronic pain can do. you felt a little robbed. you had to unlearn everything and start again. you could only draw. 5 years now, and you are here. you still don’t talk about that bad time, not even with the closest of friends. but you’re still here. you couldn’t go back to normal, but you found a way through. and that’s enough.