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A Piece of My Mind
September 26, 2007

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A Piece of My Mind Section Editor: Roxanne K. Young, Associate Editor.

JAMA. 2007;298(12):1375-1376. doi:10.1001/jama.298.12.1375

When I was a counselor at a summer camp for children with life-threatening illnesses, the first thing the campers wanted to know was “Do you have it?” “It” could be anything from a transplanted kidney to Crohn's disease, depending on the week, but I was a healthy 27-year-old premedical student who didn't know much about illness, except that any person in her right mind would not want one. As the summer unraveled, however, a very peculiar thing started to happen—a part of me wanted to answer “Yes.”

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