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A Piece of My Mind
July 17, 2002

A Survivor's Way

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2002;288(3):287-288. doi:10.1001/jama.288.3.287

Shimmering fields. Dreams of snowy mornings in eastern Oregon, cold outside but warm in the farmhouse where she grew up almost 90 years ago. A car door shuts and her eyes become aware of the vague luminosity filling her bedroom window. Maybe it's the streetlight or even the moon. Her vision is no longer good. A car engine starts and the quiet is broken. Across the street, the doctor pulls his car out of the driveway, and next thing, a soft whining sound disappears as he drives away. Once again, her room is silent. Dream returns, but this time she shifts a little in bed and her rump, sore from when she fell the day before, interrupts her drowsy escape. Now she hears the hallway clock and before she can find a comfortable position, pain intrudes. Aching throbs across her back and knees.