Be Strong and Brave

Diagnosed before his sixth birthday, in 2012, with a rare brain tumor (growing mature teratoma), Gavin Pierson told his parents, “I’m going to make it, you just have to believe.” Over the course...

We Know How This Ends: Living While Dying

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as ALS and Lou Gehrig’s Disease) was not in the life plan of Bruce Kramer. But the former dean of the College of Education, Leadership and Counseling at the...

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When Breath Becomes Air

After neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi, of California, received a diagnosis of stage IV lung cancer in May 2013, he began to write about his illness, and the process of being sick, as a patient rather than...