The lens popped off and fell into my hand. I cradled the bulbous object while peering into the sightless body it had left behind. I'd never held a camera with a detachable lens, but there I was with one-just out of college, lucky and nervous-in the headquarters of the national broadcast network where I worked.
"There's no need to insist that 'everything will return to normal,' whether you're a patient or a member of a patient's support system," writes Adam Baer. "Chronic illness is normal." (Photo courtesy Fotolia/TNS) A colleague recently announced that he'd been diagnosed with a life-threatening cancer. Don't worry, he wrote.
A colleague recently announced that he'd been diagnosed with a life-threatening cancer. Don't worry, he wrote. He promised to fight. He promised to recover. As a survivor of multiple cancers and rare diseases, I've had to write my fair share of group emails alerting friends and family to medical news.