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In Practice

In Practice: Illness and silver linings

My patient, Pat, has had a difficult year. Her husband’s cancer spread and he’s getting chemo and radiation. “That sounds rough,” I tell her. “It is,” she responds. “But not entirely.”

She says that Thom’s illness has drawn them closer to each other. They’re spending much more time together and with their children and grandchildren. Plus, Pat says, “we have also had the joy and pride of knowing how much our children come through in a difficult time.” Thom jokes that when he and Pat call, their daughters now pick up the phone right away.

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