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What a Bin Full of Shoes Taught Me About Chronic Illness and Grief

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Chronic illness is a journey of grief. Grieving my old body. Grieving so many losses. Illness has taken a lot from me. But right now the focus is shoes.

I love shoes. I’m not really sure why or when my obsession started. It could be because the doctor my parents took me to as a little kid said I was born with flat feet and then I was forced to wear ugly orthopedic shoes for years and years.

Ironically, now my arches are too high. But that’s another story… We all have obsessions or favorite things, I guess. About three years ago when we put our house on the market, I gathered up all the beautiful shoes I could no longer wear and put them in a bin to donate.

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