Monday, July 5, 2010

Life sentences

"Her lymphoma's refractory, transformed, and aggressive."

Damn, how can my friend’s name appear in a death sentence like that?

But wait, we’ve still got LEN or lenolidomide (Say what? Never heard of it!).

Here’s her name in a kinder, gentler sentence:

LEN has promising clinical activity and achieves durable responses in [insert her name here].”

11 comments:

Joel Topf said...

I hope she responds

Ellen Kagan said...

Hi, Judy,

It was so good to get your comment on my blog, Ellen In Medicaland. Yes, my oncologist was definitely from another planet. And I hope to get this published. If you know of any literary agents or publishers, please let me know at e_kagan@yahoo.com. And please keep in touch. I love what you write. Ellen

Jayneth said...

Hello! I'm a nursing student in the UK, glad to be reading... You've not posted in a whiley... I miss your wee snippets! :( Come back soon?

x

WordDoc said...

Dear Jayneth,

Thanks for your kind comments. I lost my heart for blogging when my friend died in late June. I look forward to picking up again in the future, and I appreciate your encouragement.

Warmly,
WD

Jayneth said...

No problem.. that's something you need time for. :) Look forward to seeing you back whenever you're ready. x

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I had feared the worst when you weren't blogging any more. I hope you will consider coming back to your blog when you can-I always find it insightful and used to look forward to your posts.

Globalhospitals said...

“LEN has promising clinical activity and achieves durable responses in [insert her name here].”

Very Well Said :)

Ellen Kagan said...

I have just published my medical memoir on Kindle. Ellen In Medicaland:True Stories of How I Fell Down Medicine's Black Hole and Still Lived After All tells my off-the-wall experiences in a Harvard-teaching hospital. These stories are so nutty that if they were fiction, you would say that these things could never happen. The book costs $4.99.

rickamd said...

Please post soon.
I saw a reference to your little blog on the sidebar of Paul Levy's " Not Running a Hospital " blog from Boston.
You have given us many little gifts in very few words. Not a religious guy, but God bless you.

rickamd said...

Hey Doctor,

If not for you then for us. Post please.

peny@online scrubs said...

"But wait, we’ve still got LEN or lenolidomide (Say what? Never heard of it!). "

lenolidomide= first time to heard (or should I say read) this doc. :)