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A while ago, I was at a dinner sponsored by The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Care. It was a dinner for all of the Patient and Family Advisory Councils of Massachusetts General Hospital. We have eight of them, and so the room was quite filled with not only patients and families, but with administrators at all levels.
Unknowingly, I was sat next to the moderator who stood at the beginning of dinner, and asked us all to think of a moment of compassionate care. Then a runner went around the room with a microphone where people could share their stories. And all of the stories were good ones, small acts of kindness that at the time made the pain of the moment more bearable. We all have had those moments. The truth is, I have a hundred stories of compassionate care, but I had chosen one of my favorite…
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Several months ago, wandering through the large Antique Flea Market in Brimfield, Massachusetts, I came across a surprise. Sitting on the ground, leaning against an old clothes trunk out in the sun…
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I’ve never been punched in the face. Not in an actual fight, at least. I’m not much of a fighter, I suppose… More of an “arguer.” I don’t think I’m “…
I am six. My babysitter’s son, who is five but a whole head taller than me, likes to show me his penis. He does it when his mother isn’t looking. One time when I tell him not to, he holds me down and puts penis on my arm. I bite his shoulder, hard. He starts crying, pulls up his pants and runs upstairs to tell his mother that I bit him. I’m too embarrassed to tell anyone about the penis part, so they all just think I bit him for no reason.
I get in trouble first at the babysitter’s house, then later at home.
The next time the babysitter’s son tries to show me his penis, I don’t fight back because I don’t want to get in trouble.
One day I tell the babysitter what her son does, she tells me that he’s just a little boy, he doesn’t know…
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