I recently had my 6 year cancerversary. Yes, that’s the big thing about me, I had colon cancer. Nothing in my medical training prepared me to be on the receiving end of a diagnosis.  I wrote about that moment the word cancer changed my life, published here in The Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine:

http://www.theintima.org/c189-malignant-neoplasm-of-colon-unspecified

And also a discussion about the parallel conversations had by doctors and patients:

http://www.theintima.org/blog/parallel-lines-by-rohini-harvey

Doctors, know that your words are powerful.