Kate A. Scannell, MD
Scannell KA. Leave of Absence. Ann Intern Med. 2000;132:55-57. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-132-1-200001040-00009
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2000;132(1):55-57.
When I discovered that I had cancer 1 hour and 40 minutes before leaving for Paris, I was transported into an eerie seam between thought and feeling. In this wordless void, I groped for understanding and emotion—the usual evidence of my existence. The shock of my disembodiment unmoored me from physical time, and I drifted chaotically through future, past, and present. When thoughts and feelings did stir, they seemed to belong to someone else, to some body that I had inhabited. It was as though I were watching them projected onto a screen from an archival recollection of my being.
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