I'm forty years old, and I have just heard the words that no one ever wants to hear. I'm in a fog but I make out cancer and surgery and immediately. I have three kids; one isn't even a year old yet. I thought I was still recovering from having given birth. Then I thought my pain was Chron's disease. And then I thought I had an ovarian cyst. And then I heard that word . . .
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I sit in stunned silence on the examining table as the door shuts behind [the doctor]. I get dressed and leave. I am outraged. As plain as that, I am dismissed along with my case and my apparently unimportant results from Mayo Clinic. (pp. 34-35)—From Between Me and the River by Carrie Host