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A broken but happy portrait

“She laughed. ‘It won’t last. Nothing lasts. But I’m happy now.’ ‘Happy,’ I muttered, trying to pin the word down. But it is one of those words, like Love, that I have never quite understood. Most people who deal in words don’t have much faith in them and I am no exception–especially the big ones […]

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My “something new”

I’m still somewhat in a state of shock, but a good state of shock at that: I was accepted to ALL of the competitive nursing programs I applied to, including my top choice, the highly competitive combination accelerated BSN and Hillman Scholars Ph.D. program at the University of Pennsylvania. (Hello Ivy League! And that’s where […]

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The Anatomy of Courage

Two years ago, while attending my cousin’s high school graduation party, I was talking to one of my doctor uncles about books and he recommended I read The Anatomy of Courage. It’s written by Lord Moran, a physician and medical officer in WWI, who later became Winston Churchill’s doctor during WWII. Published in 1945, this […]

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Call for *smiling* white blood cells!

I became email “pen pals” with Rose in the very early years of being sick, after a mutual high school friend put us in touch. We were both young and driven twenty-somethings living in NYC and dealing with serious diseases. We wouldn’t meet for a year or two because one or both of us was […]

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At the Will of the Body: Reflections on Illness (Part 2)

After writing about Part 1 of Arthur Frank’s At The Will of the Body here, I was thinking I’d be writing this Part 2 as healthy-ish Alicia and not in-the-thick-of-illness Alicia. Sometimes I think this is somehow “better” though because it challenges me to really believe and stick to what I’m writing, when I’m so […]

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At the Will of the Body: Reflections on Illness (Part 1)

Minus the “(Part 1)”, the above is the title of yet another Arthur W. Frank book that has profoundly changed how I think about my health and my body. I first read The Wounded Storyteller: Body, Illness, and Ethics in 2010, when I was incredibly ill and still 6 months away from the first surgery; […]

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