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Codeine Diary: A Memoir

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This memoir of hemophilia is intensely personal and impressionistic, shifting back and forth in time between the author's recovery from a bleed episode in 1989 and accounts of his childhood. Among the issues he deals with are his guilt for having survived both his brother, who died of kidney disease in 1980, and the nine out of ten hemophiliaces who've been stricken by HIV ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published February 2nd 1998 by Little, Brown and Company
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Michele
He goes back in forth in the book covering the "present" time of when he's having a bleed and then covering his past with his condition and then a lot of his family history. His brother has a kidney disease that requires him to have home dialysis.

I liked the beginning. Gave a history of what he had been through living with hemophilia in the time of HIV. There could have been a LOT edited out though with him being in the hospital going through the recovery. I almost didn't finish the book because
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I quite liked this book but was not blown away by it. I found the hemophilia passages much more educational and compelling that the flashbacks to his record-breaking hand-clapping as a boy. I must admit that I was dismally unaware of what living with this disease is like.
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