A selection of personal essays and narrative pieces 

"I know the exact day that broke me." 

"I never expected that 7 months into my marriage, I’d be asking, each time I was exposed to a deadly disease at work, whether I should come home"

"Several years ago, a patient asked me if I wanted to know how she first learned she was dying."

The Intima - Waiting

"You’re only a few years older than me, and today I’m finding it hard to be your doctor"

“I don’t want to do this anymore,” my patient said softly. I paused and moved closer to the bedside, hoping I’d heard wrong. “I don’t want to do this anymore,” he said again. 

It’s normal to feel unprepared to enter the room of someone who is dying, to worry about what you will say. But it’s also our job to be present and help our patients and their families navigate a process that is both natural and impossible to prepare for. Here are a few tips on how..."