I wrote this essay before my recurrence, but it still captures the complexities of identity when faced with life-threatening illness.
I would like to thank Diane Guernsey and Paul Gross from Pulse, my school’s Narrative Medicine group championed by Marilyn McEntyre and Guy Micco, my advisor Jodi Halpern, and classmate/housemate/best friend, Ali Aronstam, for their thoughtful edits and encouragement to publish this essay.
With my essay published in the Washington Post today, I want to use this opportunity on #GivingTuesday to recognize that not everyone has the privilege to share their stories. I’ve benefited from some of the best access to medical resources that have allowed me to be here with you. Please support the National Brain Tumor Society so that new treatments, and one day a cure, can offer others the opportunity to be heard. Click HERE to go to my fundraiser!