Ha (Breath)

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Thomas James O’Connor, my Dad.

As a teen, my asthma would often send me to the TV room in the middle of the┬ánight, where I would sit in a chair with two or three pillows piled onto my lap to support my hunched shoulders as I willed myself to breathe. Reruns of McHale’s Navy and Combat and the late night movie provided some companionship as I bargained my way through an attack, begging God to make it stop and finally cursing God for the lungs that have failed me my entire life.

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