She continued to protest. She was placed in handcuffs. She was treated horribly. She was treated as less than human. She protested her treatment. She knew and stated her rights but it did not matter. Her black life and her black body did not matter…
We’ve continued to protest. DEA agents have placed handcuffs on doctors and patients. Pain patients have been treated horribly. We’ve been treated as less than human. We’ve protested our treatment. We know and state our rights but it does not matter. Our chronic pain and our broken bodies do not matter.
I don’t want to believe our spirits can be broken. Nonetheless, increasingly, as a black woman in America, I do not feel alive. I feel like I am not yet dead.
I think the spirits of many pain patients have been broken. As a disabled, intractable pain survivor in America, I do not feel alive. I feel like I am not yet dead.