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Fiction Creative Writing Piece December 3, 2009 Lauren Berry Evocative Piece Aquagenic Urticaria. These two words will forever change my life. I couldn’t believe it, allergic to water? There was no way. I had grown up as if I were a fish. I loved the way the frigid water felt along my dry, warm body. The pounding waves didn’t feel like bricks, but rather like a gliding force that wrapped around my succumbing body. No one would believe it, that Lauren Berry, water lover, was allergic to water. Tears streamed down my face and my body began to morph into hives as each drop entered upon my rosy cheeks. The doctor read within his textbook, seeming just as perplexed as I was. “There are only 50 known cases worldwide”. These words stung my ears as piercing as the bee sting I had once gotten when I was younger. My hands were twitching, my thumbs were moving faster with each word, and my body was starting to feel overwhelmingly hot.
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Unformatted text preview: “Aquagenic Urticaria is a rare medical condition that has no cure, and no known cause”. I sat up, trying to stop the shaking but was unable to control my own, shocked body. “How should we tell your parents? Would you like to? Or over the phone with us here?” I was all alone. I began to think every moment I’d shared with my nemesis, water. My pool in my backyard: pointless. My trips to Hawaii every summer: painful. My daily shower routine: impossible. Knowing that your body is rejecting a natural mineral is terrifying. What next? That was all I could think about. For now, it’s baby steps. It’s not breaking down as if I was an unfixable machine. It’s not telling myself I’m abnormal or a freak. It’s not telling myself that I’m never going to change. It’s the simple gesture of telling myself, breathe....
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