And there's me, about whom I will only say, do you think I wanted to be a sickly frail involuntary vegan for three years? Not be able to drive? Or buy new shoes, because I react/absorb through the skin to the chemicals involved in tanning leather? And I am a Jewish American Princess, and I love shoes! It's grim and mundane, looking at my ever dwindling stack of shoes that were broken in before I got sick, and wondering how long I can keep patching them. I gingerly break in new shoes for only one half an hour at a time, on days when I am feeling OK and don't have to be anywhere but home.


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