The Cenacle, My Wheelchair and I

By Irma Coronel

In 1997, I began to experience excruciating pains in my back which slowly encircled my rib cage. The pain was akin to having a wire circle your body and pulled 24 hours a day. The pain was dismissed as recurring muscle pain but as the months passed, I knew it was much worse.

When my legs started weakening and the pain became intense, I learned what was wrong. There was a tumor lodged in my spinal cord; there was no cure. The tumor could gradually increase in size, not change, or decrease, but the end would be the same: it would rupture and I would end up paralyzed.
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