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Written by Ameema Saeed, Illustration by Paola Saliby
More manifesto than memoir, This Body, My Body reads like a letter Ameema is writing to herself, one of the many steps in her journey to come to terms with her body, for all its glories and hurdles; and with her pain, for all it has taught her about perseverance, wishing, coping, and healing.
This story is not an explanation, or an apology, or a request for your permission. This story does not seek your advice about how to talk to her co-workers when she experiences a Lupus flare, or how to ignore the ignorant who judge her for sitting on a streetcar for three stops or taking an elevator two flights up.
If this story makes any apologies, they are apologies Ameema makes to herself. If this story seeks permission, it grants as much by taking up space on the page. This story is the charter of Ameema’s body, and its writer the sovereign power.
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