Life Without a Spleen

“No more normal life,” is the last thing I said to my doctor when she asked me to describe my daily activity. I don’t have a spleen. I don’t have a lot of things, a spleen being one of them. “Asplenic: Administer Broad Spectrum Antibiotics” is what my medical bracelet says. I run to Sloan-Kettering Urgent Care when I spike a fever. They take blood cultures and nasal swabs and give me antibiotics quickly. I’m grateful. I get sick easy. With no spleen, and a system exhausted by chemo and radiation and cell proliferation… My body is like a city always on code alert. Cops in riot gear always in the street. I don’t know if I’ve gotten used to the anarchy. Cancer is part of my nature. I’ve come to accept that.


About Annie Rachele Lanzillotto Author of "L is for Lion: An Italian Bronx Butch Freedom Memoir" SUNY Press 2013, and "Schistsong" Bordighera Press 2013 Currently narrating / recording my audiobooks at The Loft studios in Bronxville, New York. If you'd like to contribute to help audiobook production, contact me: Spread the Bronx accent far and wide, to listeners, to those for whom reading a book is impossible or arduous...
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