When I called my mom last night, I expressed two things. I was working on a piece for my book asking this distressing question: how will I ever earn a PhD when I feel like I spend all of my time taking care of myself? The University of Minnesota has the most innovative and friendly […]

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A Letter to My Doctor

This was initially written as a personal letter of gratitude to my cherished doctor, and was intended to be just that. After contemplating this letter for a few weeks, however, I realized that it was something to be shared. Ultimately, my thoughts illuminate the beauty of the doctor-patient relationship, something that, in my opinion, is […]

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Stubborn Hope

I’ve spent the past two weeks at Mayo Clinic- the nation’s #1 hospital- in Rochester, Minnesota. To begin, imagine a city purely built around a hospital. But not just any hospital- a medical mecca where desperate sick (and mostly quite old) people travel in search of answers. As you walk down the street, you see […]

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Cards of Irony

Three and a half years ago, at the beginning of my freshman year at Emory, I was rushed to the emergency room after getting hit by a flying beer bottle while out on an afternoon run. My mom often comments on the irony of this hospital visit- out of all of my medical conditions (type […]

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Ageless Souls

  Age. At face value, this is a rather simple concept- the length of time that something has existed.  As a 21-year-old, I have existed for 21 years, and that is fact. Yet society often complicates this construct, extending its meaning, applying assumptions, and broadening its implications. For instance, in upper-middle class America, we expect […]

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Breathe & Believe

About a year ago, I wrote a post called Believe: My Personal Faith, which discussed the word I was using to deal with adversity- specifically my enigmatic autoimmune conditions leaving me unable to run. At the time, I was wholeheartedly engrossed in the power of the word “believe”- trusting that this was temporary; that my […]

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