A Letter to My Dead Boyfriend

CJ Baker
Human Parts
Published in
8 min readSep 19, 2023

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When we first met, I never expected things to turn out the way they did. I didn’t expect you to be my first love. I didn’t expect you to be my first loss.

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When you texted me in 2014, on New Year’s Day, to say that you couldn’t get out of bed, I initially assumed you were exhausted or depressed. I was at dinner with my parents and you had just woken up. No, you explained, you couldn’t move your legs or feel your…

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CJ Baker
Human Parts

Senior Accountant at Medium. Just a guy living on a farm and accounting for things.