Mar. 1st, 2017

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When I was a teenager, I used to think anemia was such an exotic thing to have. How pale it made someone, I thought. Being the eager little goth that I was, I coveted that pale skin, envious of those who had anemia.

Now that I have it, I realize just how silly I was for thinking it was anything pretty or cool. I AM pale these days. Much paler than I ever have been before. I now buy the "Pure Ivory" makeup foundation instead of the several shades darker that I used to. I am now as pale as I wished to be as a teenager.

And more tired. And more attentive to bruises, cuts, scrapes, abrasions, and internal bleeding, which are annoyances at best and life-threatening at worst. Things that I had no idea came with the diagnosis of "anemia."

Ah, teenage ignorance. Combine that with teenage vanity, add 20 years, and you have one bemused Teressa, shaking her head at the ridiculousness of youth.

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