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a journey in chronic pain

Mary Ann Farley

Mary Ann Farley
Hoboken, New Jersey, USA
January 18
In 1999, at the very same time I was diagnosed with a serious blood clotting disorder (Essential Thrombocythemia), I also felt my face explode in a type of pain that no one could explain. After 13 months, I finally learned that it was osteonecrosis of the jaw (also known as NICO), a complication of the blood/bone marrow illness. I've had untold numbers of surgeries during this time, having spent most of it in pain. In 2004, the blood condition caused an internal massive hemmorhage during which I lost 70% of my blood volume, which in turn made the jaw infection much worse. This blog will detail my journey with chronic pain and all of its accompanying complications and emotions. I'll try to be as honest as possible without shooting myself.


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NOVEMBER 1, 2011 12:32PM

Open Call: Occupy America! (My NYC pix)

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I took these pictures at the Oct. 5 OWS march to Zuccotti Park in New York. Then my dear friend Dean set them to my song, My Life of Crime, which I wrote about ten years ago when I was so ill but had no health insurance.

I would get tests, knowing full well I couldn't pay for them, then would throw the bills in the trash, which of course made me feel like a criminal. I truly felt guilty, to the extent that a song came through (my songs always come from my subconscious--I never summon my creativity).

What the song ended up teaching me is that the true criminals were the ones charging such exorbitant fees, for both insurance and the tests themselves, not me, who was just trying to get what I needed in order to actually live. After I wrote it, I realized I'd written a song about revolution. Here's the video and pix, although the pix at the end aren't mine--they're the famous Wall St. bankers mocking the protesters with their champagne toast:

(Sorry that I still don't know how to embed YouTube videos! I just can't get it to work for me!)


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That is very eloquent and beautifully done. I'll share :-)
Very sweet poignant song you wrote! R
Thanks, guys, for looking and listening. I appreciate the time you took, as the issue (as well as the song) means a lot to me.
Always so nice to hear your music. What a solid melody line. Haunting and sweet at the same time. And completely relate to that criminal feeling - when really, we know who the real criminals are.
Beautiful as always, just as you are.
♥╚═══╝╚╝╚╝╚═══╩═══╝─╚for caring enough to speak out here.