I am scared: A lesson from Anne’s bedside

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Finally, I put away my list of questions, and pulled out a spiral pad that I kept in my pocket for personal reflections. I positioned it carefully under her hand, with a pen. “Can you tell me how you are feeling,” I asked. She took the pen and wrote three simple words that have stayed with me ever since: “I am scared.”

Author: Harold Pollack

Harold Pollack is Helen Ross Professor of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. He has served on three expert committees of the National Academies of Science. His recent research appears in such journals as Addiction, Journal of the American Medical Association, and American Journal of Public Health. He writes regularly on HIV prevention, crime and drug policy, health reform, and disability policy for American Prospect, tnr.com, and other news outlets. His essay, "Lessons from an Emergency Room Nightmare" was selected for the collection The Best American Medical Writing, 2009. He recently participated, with zero critical acclaim, in the University of Chicago's annual Latke-Hamentaschen debate.