santa barbara, 1995, state street...i let carol elizabeth meyer, l.ac. put some needles in my back for my herniated lumbar discs. face down on the massage table, my face smooshed through the donut making me look curiously similar to a goldfish, i remember thinking, "what the f*%k am i doing here with this crazy woman? i hate needles. why am i paying her to torture me?" yet, a 21 year old with a disabled placard and an impending back surgery will do a lot of things to try to feel normal again...
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