When I was younger and playing at ‘pretend’ with my friends, I always chose to be Luke Skywalker. It didn’t matter if we were pretending to be part of a space war or were mermaids under the sea I always chose to be Lukes because as far as female role models went, my options were limited to Leia or a few sexy dancing aliens. But finally young girls are getting the heroes they deserve.
Since I hit puberty I have been overcome with pain about once or twice a week. I’ll lose my eyesight, all comprehension of space and time, and I’ll throw up for hours at a time, sometimes throwing up blood. Simply closing my eyes will be too difficult a task for me because moving the muscles is too painful. Sometimes I’ll suffer like this for days at a time, with no way of knowing when it will end.