Life, Interrupted: The 100 Day Project

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The New York Times.

For the better half of my early twenties, I was Bubble Girl. When I was diagnosed with leukemia at 22 my world suddenly dwindled to four white walls, a hospital bed, fluorescent lights and a thicket of tubes and wires connecting me to an IV pole. My immune system had been annihilated by chemotherapy. Sex, a common cold, fresh-cut flowers, a handshake, a paper cut — these were all things that could kill me if I wasn’t careful. Unable to have a job, go to parties, travel or achieve any of the rest of the big and small milestones of early adulthood, I started asking myself important questions, like, “What in the world did I want to do with my life? What could I do with my life from a hospital bed?”

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