Writing

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Cover photo by Christy King

Bartleby is a book for children and families, inspired by a bedtime story I’ve told my kids about discovering what it looks like to be content with who we are and where we land.

 

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Snow in Sicily is for readers of all ages, inspired by traveling to Sicily and discovering more about my Sicilian heritage.

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Women of Vision (a division of World Vision) is a series of blog posts about women’s health issues, specifically maternal health, in the developing world.

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“Legacy” is an essay about my father’s death, published in July 2013 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. It highlights how doctors can do better handling end-of-life matters with patients and families.

“Legacy”
On Being a Doctor

2 July 2013 Annals of Internal Medicine Volume 159 • Number 1 71

 

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“Medicine Man” is a short story that I wrote during medical school for young audiences. Later it won a prize in the Alabama Writers’ Conclave

http://www.alabamawritersconclave.org

 

 

2 thoughts on “Writing

  1. “Legacy” was far too familiar for me. My dear friend, Kathy, was diagnosed with breast cancer, went through chemo, a mastectomy, and a clinical trial. Her cancer metastasized to her liver and brain and she died after a 2-year valiant effort. Her doctor (at a large cancer facility in Orlando) did not prepare her at all. In fact, she walked into Kathy’s hospital room, when I was there visiting with Kathy and another friend, and told Kathy they were stopping treatment, there was nothing more they could do and she had 1-2 weeks left to live. Kathy’s husband wasn’t there, nor her mother (who were both available), yet this doctor broke this devastating (and shocking) news to Kathy anyway. Kathy, a 44-year-old wife and mother, kept saying, “I’m not ready, I’m not ready, I’m not ready.” She was sent home with Hospice the next day and every day that week I stopped to see her before work. Each of those days, Kathy was struggling with imparting information to her husband or mother that she wanted them to have (that they needed to have): Passwords for bank accounts, commitments to school events for her son, preferences for her memorial service, etc. She struggled to think clearly and give each person what s/he needed before she died. I just kept thinking she should have been told she was dying, or at least that there was a good possibility she was dying, so Kathy didn’t feel so helpless at the end. Kathy was secure in her eternal salvation, she was just concerned about her family, after she was gone, and her doctor could have calmed her and alleviated her concerns. Her doctor could have given Kathy the time she needed to get “ready”. I’m so sorry your Dad went through this treatment from his doctor, in addition to his disease. Thank you for your eloquent message to the medical community, your community. My prayer is that they hear you and make some important changes. ~Romans 8:28

    • Hi Mary, thank you so much for your thoughts on my article. I’m sorry I didn’t see your comment before!! I was away from the blog for a while (tending to my family!) but now taking it on again. Thank you for sharing your experiences and I’m sorry for what Kathy went through. I’ve been finding a lot of beauty in the poetry of Anya Silver, who died much too early from cancer as well. Her book, the 93rd Name of God is wonderful. Thank you again for writing! ~kate

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