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by Bernard Cooper

My childhood illnesses were no worse than those of other children, and yet I recall the bouts of fever as if they’ve been seared into memory. I’d stop whatever I was doing—playing Parcheesi or solving long division; a leaden sensation invaded my neck and arms and legs, leaving me no choice, no desire but to slouch in a chair and stare into space, every sound and color muffled.

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