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Pork and Cabbage Soup

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Pork and Cabbage Soup

When I think back on most years of my life, I am able to remember being sick once every year or two — and when I started teaching — every year.  Sometimes, it went on for more than two months, lingering, wearing me down, leaving me longing for a chest that felt free of the elephant that seemed to be sitting on it, and the racking cough that left my ribs sore from the exertion — sometimes even cracking them.  I’ve never been told I have a chronic illness, but if I had,  I wonder whether it would have changed anything.  I know when I’m getting sick.

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