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Survival Day #16, A Year of Loss and Discovery

This year, Survival Day began at 1:45am when a searing phantom pain disrupted my precious sleep. Awareness dawned before physical reaction and I was able to clamp down on the rising scream before it erupted into the night. Irena still slept beside me. I propped myself up on an elbow, wondering if that was just a single pain, or the beginning of an onslaught. Within seconds a follow up pain, more intense than the first, burned through the space where my lower left leg shoul