poured out before bed
“Oh, that is awful. And she had no other symptoms at all?”
The attending fiddles with her pen, visibly discomfited by the recent diagnosis of terminal cancer in our new, young patient. The senior resident shakes her head, her lips pursed in empathetic anguish.
“None. And she has three young children.”
We all stare at the CT images clearly showing ugly, widely metastatic disease.
“And there is no family history of cancer? She has no risk factors for disease?”
“None… Except that she is a very nice person. These types of things only happen to nice people.”