Brian Malloy

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Needles & Lies

July 26, 2018

Tags: Cancer, Medical Narrative, Medical Humanities, Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, Personal Essay

(Originally published in OUT, April issue, 2005)

Today begins with a muscle relaxer. Itís surprising how much this needle hurts, surprising because itís simply the latest in a series of needles. As with bee stings, I expect each new penetration of the skin to feel like the one before it, yet there are (more…)