Portrait of a friend, Alessandra. When she reached 50, it seemed that the sad vicissitudes, made up of betrayed human... Read More
of a friend, Alessandra.
When she reached 50, it seemed that the sad vicissitudes, made up of betrayed
human relationships, were finally behind her. For her, the time seemed to have
come to regain possession of her existence, her own passions, her lifelong
interests and old friendships, but fate can sometimes be cruel beyond the most
manifested itself suddenly and unexpectedly in the guise of a rare autoimmune
disease that causes rapid hearing loss, tinnitus, and vertigo and forces the
intake of debilitating drugs: Cogan's syndrome.
And it comes like a broom that cleans not rubbish and dirt but what is more
precious and beautiful!
Listening to much-loved music, attending a basketball game, frequenting crowded
places or conversing with a friend becomes impossible.
The new condition imposes many waivers. Not least is the impossibility of
moving independently and driving the car.
In the head, the buzzing knows no stop; dizziness is always lurking, the stick
is an indispensable travel companion and friendships thin out, comforting few
people remain close, the beloved cat Esther and reading.