By Joe Putignano
Follow the writer as he is going on a harrowing trip from the united states Olympic education middle to homeless shelters to taking pictures heroin at the task to being declared useless. This tale is going past habit. it's concerning the fragility and tenacity of the human spirit and the way that spirit can redeem every one among us by means of supporting to push us throughout the darkness, even if the darkness is from loss of life, divorce, or the illness of addiction.
Acrobaddict is a narrative concerning the shut courting among athletics and drug addiction—how a similar power, obsession, and commitment which may create an Olympic athlete may also create a homeless drug addict.
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (Starred overview) After interpreting former Olympic gymnastics hopeful Putignano's sinister but intoxicating memoir of dependancy, restoration, and extra dependancy, you finish up feeling like certainly one of his closest buddies. The first-time writer, who now portrays Crystal guy in Cirque du Soleil's touring production...
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I don’t know if I made peace with death at that moment, but luckily my sister came in to check on me. She saw me in my bed choking, crying, and very sick. I don’t remember what happened next because I drifted off into an abyss of unconsciousness. I woke up in the hospital on top of an uncomfortable, crib-like bed that was wrapped entirely in a plastic bubble. The bed and walls were covered with thick moisture. A machine pushed air and medicine into the space, and it felt soothing. Slowly my breath returned, and I knew the medicine-filled air was killing the beast that had taken residence in my lungs.
I don’t remember what happened next because I drifted off into an abyss of unconsciousness. I woke up in the hospital on top of an uncomfortable, crib-like bed that was wrapped entirely in a plastic bubble. The bed and walls were covered with thick moisture. A machine pushed air and medicine into the space, and it felt soothing. Slowly my breath returned, and I knew the medicine-filled air was killing the beast that had taken residence in my lungs. I lay there, exhausted from my fight, but once again feeling immortal and strong.
I was in my own dimension, an explorer devouring every fragment that life shone down upon me. At night, I heard the wind as it whispered through the dense, dark forest that guarded the back of our house. I would drift in and out of my fantasy world that was so real to me that I often forgot the reality in which I was living. My imagination was, in itself, a drug. I owned almost every He-Man action figure ever made, and I would line them up on my bed so that I could submerge myself in their world.
Acrobaddict by Joe Putignano