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A Hanukkah Miracle Might Happen Here

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Such a nice-looking man. Might be in his late 40s. Soft brown pillows for eyes that all but weep compassion. He enters my white sterile space and holds onto my forearm with just the right amount of pressure to preserve the IV placements and still offer comfort.

He’s just returned from his office after having me tell him about my disease. I was there for a bizarre and dangerous high blood pressure reaction to the flu shot. Go figure. Like I don’t have enough to deal with. He was sure he misheard me each time I said, almost laughing, in response to his repeated question “Any other underlying issues we might need to know about or address while you’re here?” “Well, I have Stage 4 cancer. It’s called a chromophobe and it’s somewhat related to a kidney issue I had a few years back.”

“Did you know,” he says, “that you have what we call an ‘orphan cancer’? No one is spending any time researching it and little is known about it because there’s no interest or money in any research. It’s that rare and all but abandoned.” “I know,” I say. “I’m called a unicorn by my doctor and most of the UCLA staff I see. They heard of me somewhere in a book........

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