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August 21, 1996

When You Come Into My Room

Author Affiliations

Chicago, Ill

JAMA. 1996;276(7):512. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03540070008002

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When you come into my hospital room, you need to know the facts of my life

that there is information not contained in my hospital chart

that I am 40 years married, with 4 children and 4 grandchildren

that I am "genetically Lutheran"... with gut disease, like Luther himself

that I am a professor

that I teach teachers, priests, sisters how to nurture faith in the next generation

that I love earthy sensuous life, beauty, travel, eating, drinking

J&B scotch, the theater, opera, the Chicago Symphony, movies, all kinds, water skiing, tennis, running, walking, camping

that I love loving, the wonder and awe of sexual intimacy

that I enjoy gardening, smell of soil in misty rain and scorching sun

that I have led a chronic illness group for 12 years

When you come into my room, you need to know the losses of my life

that I have Crohn's disease