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When Afflictions feel like Inflictions

I once was fast and so athletic. Bad afflictions? I had none. Measles, mumps (the normal things). Youth was so much fun. Then came my childbearing early 20’s. Had a girl and then a boy. Affliction borne for but a day and then you’re left with joy! Pregnancy discomforts, flu, perhaps a cold or two. Woes emotional I also had like many people do! Life felt pretty good; I hadn’t known pure agony - the kind that comes and seems to stay for an eternity. Then came my 30’s. Oh the pain! My neck was always sore. I had to seek a chiropractor just to know what for! My neck was curved wrong; something from my childhood, he said. Two years of torture barely even straightened up my head! My 40’s came and with it came degenerative disc. High impact exercise for me was now too much a risk. Adjusting exercises, I thought I’d be ok. Then in my 50’s something came to plague me every day. Hubbie lost his job. We had no insurance, so I lived with agony, the worst that up till then I’d ever know. Hit from behind by a car. They said that must be why a bone spur started growing. I felt like I could die. Couldn’t raise my left arm high enough to change a blouse. At last I got insurance from the new job of my spouse. The bone spur got shaved off, but bursitis had come too. For two more years, the pain remained. The grief that I went through! My neck, my back, and shoulder now were just a “little” bad, but then I got some news that made me very scared and sad. As into my early 60’s I had onward pressed, I found a lump! I had been cursed with cancer of the breast. This pain was more emotional. I felt a lot of stress. Finding out it was genetic made my hope grow less. I let the doctor take control; how I wish I could go back and turn down my “after treatments” inflicted by that quack. It’s been at least four years now; I live with rare effects that make my life a Twilight Zone. I feel like I’ve been hexed. My nervous system is a wreck. There seems to be no cure. My mouth, my back, and all my toes are alien for sure! I wonder if in some past life I brought bad karma on, Are all these things INFLICTED? I wish they would be gone! Then I think of people born with disabilities: the blind, the lame or those with an incurable disease. I know I have more empathy compared to in my youth. I also like to think that God would have me speak my truth. My latest tribulations I can directly blame on Big Pharma. It’s corrupt. Avoid their evil game! I cannot know what waits for me five more years from now. But I thank God for all the good I’m blessed with anyhow! Aug. 8, 2020 for Silent One's Inflictions Poetry Contest

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Date: 8/26/2020 10:15:00 PM
Ohh...Andrea mam....I had to look for my hand key to wipe my rolling tears while I read your heart wrenching bio on INFLICTIONS...:-(:'( I felt a Shiver in my heart.. I am in my mid 20's now..and I have a long way to go facing tribulations..!! Will try to be brave like you. Am keeping you in my prayers and this masterpiece of yours in my Fave list.:-) Congratulations on your win in the contest.Take care.Much love from Deepa:-)
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 8/27/2020 9:48:00 PM
Thanks for your kind empathetic spirit. Much appreciated
Date: 8/19/2020 6:57:00 AM
- Congratulations on your win in Silent One's contest: INFLICTIONS :) - // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 8/16/2020 1:43:00 PM
Thanks for sharing this Andrea and congrats on your win. From your wonderful poems most had no idea about your inflictions. Hope your poetry and the love from your fellow Soupers brings you joy.
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Date: 8/15/2020 11:24:00 AM
You turned your afflictions into inflictions so well! Congratulations, my friend on your #1 win with Silent One. He is a challenging, but fair judge; I know you deserved this win.
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Date: 8/15/2020 9:37:00 AM
Congrats Andrea for another win, I feel your pain!
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Date: 8/15/2020 6:52:00 AM
That is the spirit of a truly empowered woman...Falling but rising!! Congratulations on your TOP WIN for this amazing piece..A FAVE!!!!
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 8/15/2020 12:46:00 PM
Thanks, my friend.
Date: 8/15/2020 4:35:00 AM
Deeply sad for the misfortune which came your way. Readers wouldn't sense in the romantic, whimsical poems the hardships you've endured.
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 8/15/2020 6:06:00 PM
You are very sweet.
Date: 8/15/2020 3:33:00 AM
That is quite the journey Andrea, even though you have been through so much, you are still grateful for the blessings, because there are always blessings... Congratulations on your first place in the contest..
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 8/15/2020 12:45:00 PM
thanks for the high placement. I was not expecting that. And thanks for the comment.
Date: 8/11/2020 8:57:00 PM
I'm impressed after all you've been through, how decent, kind, and giving you remain. Your poetry is upbeat, your comments are generous, and your disposition is seasoned with gratitude and friendliness. I don't know that I could be that way if I suffered as you have. You have my utmost admiration.
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 8/15/2020 12:45:00 PM
thanks, John. My most prevalent number is "5" in numerology and that kind of person keeps trying to have fun no matter what!
Date: 8/8/2020 9:06:00 PM
I am so sorry you have been suffering for five years, Andrea. You have prayers from Kansas.
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 8/15/2020 12:43:00 PM
thanks for your prayers, Caren.
Date: 8/8/2020 8:09:00 PM
Wow Andrea you have been through a lot.I pray for your healing. Heartfelt piece my Dear... Luv Michael
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 8/15/2020 12:43:00 PM
Thanks, Michael.
Date: 8/8/2020 5:32:00 PM
When we suffer with pain, I think it does make us more sensitive to the challenges others face, including people with disabilities. I'm not a fan of "Big Pharma" either. Great poem! Best wishes in the contest, Carolyn
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 8/8/2020 6:33:00 PM
for sure, Carolyn. I never expected at age 28 the things that would come my way. My mom and dad had no significant health issues at all until well past their 60's. Now I have a lot more empathy for people with health problems. Our govt does not help with the food and drugs that the FDA approves, things other countries are wise enough to avoid letting their citizens have. Even trying to make wise choices, it seems some of us just can't win!
Date: 8/8/2020 12:25:00 PM
Wow Andrea, you've certainly been through it, thankfully you are still with us. Big pharma making millions as us their Guinea pigs go like lambs to the slaughter. Tom
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 8/8/2020 1:38:00 PM
I have learned that some women refused Prolia because of my rantings, so I at least accomplished SOMETHING. NOw to just convince people not to take the vaccination Bill Gates has in store for us. That will be a tougher thing to do. People are all running so scared by the lying media, they will be willing to do anything!
Date: 8/8/2020 11:48:00 AM
You can always be absolutely delighted that you did not earn Donald Trump's karma! Good luck in the contest! Aloha! Rico
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 8/8/2020 1:35:00 PM
I would never be stupid enough to run for president. Only was stupid enough to take a drug without given full disclosure.