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A Piece of My Mind
November 6, 2018

A Letter to Our Daughter

Author Affiliations
  • 1Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health, Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, and Department of Healthcare Policy and Research, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, New York
  • 2Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Immigrant Health and Cancer Disparities Service, Medicine, Hospital Medicine Service, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York
  • 3Weill Cornell Medicine, Department of Healthcare Policy and Research, New York, NY
JAMA. 2018;320(17):1755-1756. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.14956

To Our Sweet, Dear Roo,

You close your eyes when the doctors walk into your hospital room, and we wish we could do the same. Our hearts are empty without you at home. We invite your older sister into our bed at night to hold her close to comfort ourselves and remind her, despite her feelings otherwise, that she is still part of the family in spite of the time we devote to your care. We would do anything to take away your pain, to suffer your illness in your place, to give our life for yours.

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