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Unhealthy Divide

A double diagnosis — cancer while poor

After her cancer diagnoses, Marie Cajuste’s life unraveled. She was unable to work during the most intense part of her treatment.

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Cancer is a tremendous burden for anyone, but for a growing number of lower-income and even middle-class patients, an illness means an avalanche of trouble.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/12/11/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/IMG_3233.jpg He begged for deportation. He still languished in jail

As ICE officials intensify efforts to remove unauthorized immigrants, those deportations are taking months — often beyond the legal limit of six months set by the Supreme Court.

Peter DeMarco shook hands with Lynette Alberti, chief nursing officer, when he met with hospital executives Nov. 13 to discuss the death of his wife, Laura Levis.

Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

Peter DeMarco

My wife’s death was senseless. Using it to save other lives is the only thing that makes sense to me

My quest to understand what happened to my wife, who died in 2016 after suffering an asthma attack, led to hard questions at Somerville Hospital.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/12/27/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/KristenRoupenian_liv.jpg ‘Cat Person’ author’s bad date story and her date with fame

A viral sensation, Kristen Roupenian’s “Cat Person” has led to a hotly awaited collection, “You Know You Want This,” due out Jan. 15.