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To the heroes of the National Institutes of Health

I have experienced Jesus’ way as we are with other parents in the Kingdom of Sick Kids. Many of the people who make their way to the doctors and researchers at the NIH are ones whose condition is either dire or unique, or in the case of my son, important in unlocking the secrets of the biology to help others.

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The phone call

The other morning I was in that in-between state of half awake, half asleep. I had a dream in which I wore a mask and tried to get my parents to guess who I was.

I’ve wondered what to call such invisible states marking life’s transitional moments — dreamy to conscious, life to death, healthy to sick, sinner to saint. I’ve often thought of these in terms of crossing some line or threshold. But that morning, something caused me to rethink whether such ‘lines’ exist.

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