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Breath & Shadow

Spring 2018 - Vol. 15, Issue 2

"Multiple Sclerosis" and "Can’t Just"

written by

Karen Craig

"Multiple Sclerosis"


miscue                                    misdiagnose

misfire                                    misfit

misgiving                                misguided

misinform                              misjudge

mislead                                   misread

misunderstood                      misuse


mis = ill, wrong, incorrect



"Can’t Just"


Nerves stripped holes in the sheath

Pins and needles tingles can’t just wake it up Seeing double double can’t just close one
eye White noise in ears too quiet can’t just turn it off Cigar fingers can’t just pick it up
Brain fog never clears can’t just take a nap Walk stop readjust walk stop balance can’t
just make it stop Can’t just give up

Karen Craig holds an MFA in Television/Video Production and a MA in Dramaturgy. She spent many years in the academic world teaching theatre, film studies, and television production. Ms. Craig is a member of the Writer’s Guild of Alberta and the Alexandra Writers Centre Society where she continues to develop her craft. She is currently working on the second draft of her first novel as well as the final edit of her novella.  In 1997, Ms. Craig was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Over the years, the disease has caused pins and needles in her hands and feet, tinnitus in both ears, double vision, and now affects the function of her right arm and leg.

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