Living With Spinal Problems

Andrew Oldham's Boneyard

The other night I watched Salma Hayek in Frida, a biopic of the life and death of Frida Kahlo, and though the film did not cover everything about Frida’s life and infidelities; I also found it disturbing that some of the facts were altered to make Frida seem more of a nice person but that is Hollywood for you, nice people are nice, bad people are bad, and cripples mustn’t be too conflicted. You see what draws me to Kahlo (and not Salma Hayek as my wife often points out) was that she lived with spinal pain. It is often hard to get across to people what it is like to have such pain. Some days are good. Some days are bad. Some days are conflicted. All you know is that part of you that should be there is missing. You live with pain everyday, sometimes you tune it…

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