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Melissa’s Story

Accompanying Essay: Wooden Box, by Barry J. Jacobs, Psy.D. On a scorching day at my step-father’s graveside, I stood slightly outside the circle of 20 mourners, present but distant. In my hands, strange to me, was the wooden box. I wasn’t thinking about its contents of bone cinders and fine ash, but of the surprising coolness to […]

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Debbie’s Story

Accompanying Report: Delivering The Bad News, by Andrew Thurston, M.D. Friends and family often wonder how I can give bad news day in and day out – how I can stomach it, how I can come home at the end of the day and not feel crushed by an overwhelming sadness. How I am happy and satisfied […]

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Agnes’ Story

Accompanying Essay: Hope, by Andrew Thurston, M.D. There was a period in my life when I was afraid of hope. It hovered over me at times, this great existential albatross, trailing me as I navigated those early years of medical school. I was young, then – and naïve. And my impression of hope was formed from glimpses […]

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Mickey’s Story

Accompanying Essay: What to Wish For, by Barry J. Jacobs, Psy.D. When he became my step-father when I was 17, he and I never made eye contact.  We resented each other’s presence in the house and tried to avoid one another as much as possible.  He wanted my mother all to himself. I resented the fact that […]

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Melissa’s Story

Accompanying Report: The Understudy – Stepping Into Another’s Role, by Michele Weldon After her diagnosis and struggle with recurrence of cancer, Melissa found that her professional role as a veterinarian needed to change. Medical leave from her work prompted a soul-searching and redefining of her identity. “Who you are is not defined by what you do,” Melissa […]

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