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What Lies Beneath the Surface

Jan 01, 2019 - The New York Times

Three years after her acute leukemia was diagnosed, my patient, a woman in her early 40s, came to clinic looking as she usually did: sporting a Ben Roethlisberger jersey, and smiling ear-to-ear when I walked into the examination room.

She was from northeast Ohio, along the Pennsylvania border. Her husband, about 15 years her senior, sat next to her, as he did at every appointment. He was wearing a cutoff T-shirt with ''God Bless America'' emblazoned on one side, a bald eagle on the other. ...