by Laurie Roberts, columnist – The Republic | azcentral.com
It starts the minute he wakes up and puts his feet on the floor. The nausea quickly builds from the base of his stomach to the back of his throat, and he tries to think mind over matter, but matter generally wins. And this is just the beginning of the day.
The really hard time, he would tell you, comes later in the afternoon, when he must force down the pills he needs to stay alive and hope they stay down. Food? The thought of it makes him gag, and this goes on day after week after year. His parents wonder whether he can survive it. So far, in well over a decade, Bennett Black has found only one thing that eases the nausea enough so that he can eat, so that he can live.