Smile! You've got cancer | Barbara Ehrenreich There is a lot of pressure on those with life threatening illness to have a positive attitude. But is that really helping them or just making it easier for those around them? This is a very interesting essay.
'We Sweat, Crave, and Itch All Day': Why Writing About Bodies Is Vital - Atlantic Mobile. -- language often fails us when we want to describe pain/suffering. And, "the nation of the well" are often not interested in reading the laments of "the nation of the wounded."
It's hard to find words for the impact of a life-threatening illness on patient and loved ones. The thought strikes fear in most of us. But all major life events, good or bad, are transformative in different ways. I am grateful for Darcy Thiel's blog for providing this incredible perspective.
Great article on how doctors' experiences with end of life impact their own decisions. Doctors have knowledge and awareness that few patients/families have, but they are still human. How Doctors Die - Showing Others the Way - NYTimes.com
So often in my work, the elderly are so ill and frail. It's important to see other sides of aging. Here, an elderly couple walked into the lobby of the Mayo Clinic for a checkup and spotted a piano. They've been married for 62 years and he'll be 90 this year. Check out their impromptu performance. This makes me smile every time.