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Gary Maslow
Hanover, NH


I am a medical student who works with children who have chronic illnesses. The story I wanted to share is brief, but has many, many stories (the stories of those children whom I have had the pleasure to meet) embedded in it. I worked this past summer in a small New Hampshire town, playing with and babysitting kids who had chronic illnesses including, cancer, Muscular Dystrophy, diabetes, aplastic anemia and many other conditions. I also spent time interviewing their parents. From the experience and the interviews, I produced a 45 minute-long radio documentary telling the story of five of the kids I met. It was an incredible experience for me to learn about these children and come to understand how they view themselves and their illness. Through all the pain and the sorrow, they view themselves as just kids and love going about their business of growing up. If there is anybody interested in hearing this documentary or learning more about these stories please contact me at Gary.Maslow@Dartmouth.edu.

YOUR STORIES
Zoe Albright, Stroke
Betty Bennett, Kidney Disease
Roxanne Bedford-Curbow, Seizures
Valerie Brekke, Fibromyalgia
Lily Casura, Chronic Fatigue
Billie Davis, Peripheral Neuropathy
Penny Day, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Julia DeJesus, Seizure Disorder
MS Patient, Fairfax, VA
Charisse Farmer, Hydrocephalus
Katherine Fielder, Chronic Pain
Zoe Francis, Juvenile Diabetes
James Hines, Hemochromatosis
William Holford, Emphysema
Nancy K, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Patricia Lawson, Natural Rubber Latex Allergy
James Locke, Crohn's Disease
Gary Maslow, various
Kathy Matthews, Parkinson's
Andrea Meyer, MS
Gina Owens, Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome
Alicia Salas, Chronic Pain
Allison Scott, Chronic Pain
Deborah Serrano, Stroke
Becky Shively, Phenylketonuria
Jennifer Smallin, Type I Diabetes
Joanna Southerland, Diabetes
Alina Valdes, Cystic Fibrosis
Elizabeth Wertz, Seizures

WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
Jose Pedro Greer, Physician
W.F. Nagle, Physician
Ronda Riebman, Exercise
Cathleen Schilling, Case Manager
Jim Sykes

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