Category Archives: Love

Living with a death sentence

Emily Rapp, a professor of creative writing at Santa Fe University, writes about how a parent deals with the knowledge that their child is dying of an incurable disease. She speaks of the need to parent in the moment, as … Continue reading

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Filed under Chronic illness, Love, Uncategorized

Down, but not Out

Remember watching Lorenzo’s Oil in 5th grade? Well Lorenzo’s father (who discovered a treatment for his son’s degenerative condition), it turns out, has a kindred spirit. Enter, Alberto Costa. When Costa’s daughter Tyche was born with Down Syndrome, he launched himself … Continue reading

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Filed under Chronic illness, Ethics, Love, Neuroscience, Research

When I grow up

All over the country, thousands of pre-medical students are crossing the threshold, preparing to spend the next decade in school and training. Danielle Ofri answers, “Why would anyone choose to become a doctor?” The awe of discovering the human body. … Continue reading

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Filed under Day in the Life, Education, Love

Lonely Hearts Club

Below, a poignant perspective in this week’s NEJM, entitled “The Loneliness of Visiting.” “Take my hand,” I urge. Sometimes I imagine a weak squeeze in return, but other times his hand falls limply to the side. The effort of turning in … Continue reading

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Filed under Chronic illness, Humanism, Love

All you need is love

Sadie Bond is just one year old, and both of her parents have cancer. Nathan and Elisa Bond, both 30-something parents in Brooklyn, were diagnosed this year within two weeks of each other. They’ve started a blog to chronicle their … Continue reading

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Filed under Cancer, Love

The terrible evil

Illness takes a deep physical and emotional toll not just on the patient, but on the family as well. In today’s Letter of Note, Edgar Allan Poe describes his wife’s physical suffering, and his subsequent psychological descent. You say —”Can … Continue reading

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Filed under Literature, Love, Suffering

Love & medicine

Below, the powerful, moving story of Tim Delgado and his wife Alison (crying allowed). As he cradled his wife’s limp body in his arms, Tim Delgado told himself, “You have to do this.” The fate of Alison, his wife, best … Continue reading

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