April 4, 2008

It started as a small cough, up near the top of her chest. Then it became harder to catch her breath. Later, her airway closed almost completely, as if, in an instant, her body had decided it no longer needed oxygen.

She ran outside, hands clasping her throat, hoping someone passing by would see her and offer their assistance. But as soon as she stepped outside, her throat opened back up, wide enough to get all the air she needed to breathe, to run, to dance, to sing.

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