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Livewire : Issue 1
Finally the Gaggers. Liquid medications, in fragrances so foul you are sure that the ingredients have been decomposing in a re- mote cave. We spit, we gag, and we choke. But a bag of sour worm lol- lies makes it all better. Many people think we miss out on a lot too, because we can’t go to parties, get drunk and take drugs. Oh how wrong they are! We can scull lemon cordial in record time. We compete to see who can swallow the most meds at once. I am the proud title holder, at 14, if you don’t mind. And miss- ing out on reckless driving? Puh-lease. We can do more doughnuts in our wheelchairs, while maneuverings around an IV pole, than normal teenagers ever could in their hotted up utes! And then there is teenage culture. We have no idea what ‘rank’, ‘dogger’ or ‘lmao’ means. Yet normal teenagers have no idea what LW, hossy and Pred means! Typical teens have piercings, stilettos and Ghanda’s. We have bandanas, bed socks and blue gowns that will surely be in the next issue of Vogue. Usual teens hang with their homies and shop with their girlfriends. We go to the footy with our paediatricians, hit the d-floor with our physios, and play cricket with our nurses. Sure we may look a little different, and live our lives a little differently to yours. But that’s okay, because at the end of the day we are the ones who won’t get swooped by magpies. And we will never be mugged. And we get to have sour worm lollies for breakfast. And you don’t. And little do you know that to us, you seem like the one eyed puppy with the under bite. And that’s all that matters! livewire.org.au15 LW_014-017_Belonging.indd 15 5/8/10 11:55:03 AM