"Her lymphoma's refractory, transformed, and aggressive." Damn, how can my friend’s name appear in a death sentence like that? But wait, we’ve still got LEN or lenolidomide (Say what? Never heard of it!). Here’s her name in a kinder, gentler ...

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"Medical moments in 55 words" - 5 new articles

  1. Life sentences
  2. Overwalked for the cure
  3. She's come undone, Part II
  4. New skill for my resume
  5. Home is where no heart is
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Life sentences

"Her lymphoma's refractory, transformed, and aggressive."

 
Damn, how can my friend’s name appear in a death sentence like that?

But wait, we’ve still got LEN or lenolidomide (Say what? Never heard of it!).

Here’s her name in a kinder, gentler sentence:

LEN has promising clinical activity and achieves durable responses in [insert her name here].”
    

Overwalked for the cure

She shivered and retched in the medical tent, in terrible pain with a hip flexor pull.

“How far DID you walk today?”

“Nineteen miles…for my sister.”

“How much did you train?

“Well, I’m not generally a walker.”

I didn’t know whether to praise or to scold, but I was smiling too much to do both.
    

She's come undone, Part II

The coroner called today; Kim found down at home, dead for days, maybe more.

I saw her last two weeks ago. She was holding court in our waiting room, surrounded by a laughing group of ex-strangers, all sharing the pleasure of her story.

But then no one noticed she was gone for days, maybe more.
    

New skill for my resume

Gayle was engulfed in post-chemo blues. Worst of all, her back end screamed with the runny aftermath of the toxin’s effects on her guts.

I texted her my secret recipe for relief from bad butt day battles. The following day, her upbeat return text had her sitting in style, hailed me as ‘the butt whisperer.’
    

Home is where no heart is

Marion’s brother offered to move her back ‘home’. Confused and angry, she declined. Months later post-stroke, she said no words at all.

Her neighbor called Robert asking what to do next. Could he arrange care for her now?

“She said no in summer, so we won’t come again.”

And Marion’s niece hung up the phone.
    

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