From the post:
Slouched on the exam table, I take a quick breath and sit up as the door squeaks open. My oncologist smiles and asks, "How are you, Wendy?"
This is a routine check-up. My cancer is in remission. The last thing I want to do is complain.
My oncologist sits down and looks at me expectantly. I hesitate before telling him about the persistent pain we've talked about at past visits. As for my new symptom, I'm almost too embarrassed to bring it up. But I do.
Why did I choose to talk about a symptom so strange that my Google search yielded no links to reputable sites? Why did I bring up a minor problem after we'd achieved our main goal and my cancer was in remission?
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