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Cancer Care Chronicles
March 2016

Celebrate a Bad Day

Author Affiliations
  • 1College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, California
JAMA Oncol. 2016;2(3):299. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2015.5802

Chronic pain, chronic aches, chronic discomfort. These 3 can change a person’s perspective on life. Although I can speak of this first hand, I often wish I couldn’t. Most people take for granted the ability to raise their arms above their head. At 24 years old, I am unable to do so. Typing away on my computer fully engrossed in my work, the painful cramping of my fingers can render me incapacitated. Most of us are familiar with the feeling that there is something in our eye and have tried to flush it out with water in an attempt to relieve the discomfort. Before being fitted with custom-made contact lenses I endured that feeling constantly. Those of us living with graft-vs-host disease (GVHD) experience scenarios such as these among our challenges.

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