Editor’s Note:The author writes, “My poem, “Pity Party”, reflects on how I'm viewed with my new accessories, a nasal cannula and portable oxygen. In 1999 I was diagnosed with bronchiectasis and I've struggled with breathing issues my entire life. Post having pneumonia in April 2014 I have been oxygen dependent 24/7. I've never wanted to be defined by my illness and prior to being on oxygen I backpacked around the globe, performed in Community Theater, raised two children and worked full-time as a Certified Occupational Health Nurse.”
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