Although I consider myself an extrovert, I find it more than a little intimidating to talk to strangers. Yes, like many of us, perhaps I was warned as a child not to talk to strangers. That may have had an effect, but I think it is most likely due to the fear of rejection. However, I recognize that it’s a fear that needs to be overcome. While my skills have improved ...

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Dear patients, We are happy to have you in our lives.  We came into medicine to take care of you.  Some of us because we wanted to help you to win the fight against cancer.  Others of us because we love delivering your babies.   Others because we wanted to have the skill to make sure you survive that heart attack or that terrible accident.  Others because we wanted to do our ...

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I was about 13 years old. I heard that she had cancer and I went to the hospital to visit her.  Her name was Sister Pat, and she was my former principal and my favorite teacher from elementary school. I don’t think she had reached her fortieth birthday.  I was too young and uninformed to ask about any of the details.  However what stuck with me and I remember so ...

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