Bowel distress haunted me. At any time, it would come quickly, unpredictably, and powerfully, forcing me to get to the bathroom before the tsunami ensued.

I blamed advancing age. That seemed the only possibility given that in most every other respect I appeared in fine shape for a 58-year-old man: blood pressure normal, weight and BMI within the recommended guidelines, body parts and vital organs all functioning fine. …

Colin Hickey

Writing is what I do. I started as a journalist, working at a daily newspaper in Maine for 20 years, and now I’m an English teacher, specializing in writing.

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