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As I had had a kidney disease that had kept me in bed for almost a year, my parents had rented a small house in Orsay, near Paris, where we spent the weekends, which was supposed to help me recover.
For that last year, I had not left my parents’ bed, forbidden to get up, even to go to the toilet. When I was eventually allowed to set foot on the floor, I remember being unable to stand. I was fivish and clearly remember thinking that I had simply forgotten how to walk, a frightening thought.