How I overcame professional distance and learned to cry

With thousands of cancers, thousands of families and thousands of deaths, I came to see deep time.

I absorbed the finite nature of existence and gained a long view. Not just yesterday’s tests, today’s battle and tomorrow’s treatment, but the loss to come.

I do not know when the reaper will arrive, but understand he will. I mourn each patient before we meet. I have learned not to cry.

Call it professional distance. It is necessary when infinite loss is a daily experience. Cry every day and become a frail crust. To fight an unbeatable foe, you must parry from safety. However, I worry

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