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I had a similar experience while waiting for my first radiation treatment several months ago. A young father talked with his young son--maybe a five-year-old. The boy told his dad that he was afraid. The dad said that he was scared too. Soon the boy wiggled out of hos dad's arms and sat quietly. A few minutes the mother walked in and reported that the treatment had gone well and the follow-up x-rays showed that the tumor was reduced. Then this perfect little girl bounced in; gathered up her sweater and swatted her little brother. She tied a scarf around her bald head, taking care to expose her earrings. I was frankly in awe of these people--sensitive enough to include the little brother and cool enough to talk about the treatment as if it were any routine event.

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