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A Piece of My Mind
February 11, 2004

The Chronicity of Chronic Disease

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2004;291(6):671-672. doi:10.1001/jama.291.6.671

Tugging, tugging on my arm.

Oh, no, not again, I think. I really need sleep. I am too old to do this, to get up every night, to . . .

Mom, I can't breathe.

Did you give yourself a treatment?

Yes, but it didn't help.

OK. I'm getting up.

Mom, hurry. I'm really scared. I feel like I can't breathe.

Up, again, for what seems like the eighth night in a row. But it isn't. I have been out of town. It is only the third time for me. John got up for the first five.