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By Aldis Petriceks

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About this blog: I was born and raised in Palo Alto, and graduated from Palo Alto High in 2013. For the lion's share of that time, I had a starry-eyed adoration for my hometown, and all its perks: top-notch schools, safe neighborhoods, and a boomi...  (More)

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Of Illness and Identity: A Woman's Battle With Acute Myelogenous Leukemia
Dec 18, 2017 10:16 am
Comments: 7 | Views: 5,167

In times of comfort and consistency, we humans are prone to believing something of a half-truth. Our interests and ambitions are seen clearly, focused onto a yet-unmaterialized... More
Family Matters: Caring for the Dying, and Their Loved Ones
Feb 20, 2018 9:20 am
Comments: 4 | Views: 4,807

As I walked into the patient room of a local hospice facility early this year, I knew what to expect: An eighty-year-old woman, with gently-curled hair and a strained... More
The Cost of Service
Jan 16, 2018 8:58 am
Comments: 4 | Views: 4,461

In a gently-lit room, there he laid: a man, seeking comfort in hospice after a long battle with terminal cancer. Oxygen tubes and intravenous ports were his markings... More
Thought and Matter: A Young Man's Search for Interest and Meaning
Jul 16, 2018 8:36 am
Comments: 11 | Views: 4,209

==I This piece is the fourth in a multi-part series, telling stories about employees of Ada's Cafe -- a 501c3 nonprofit cafe in the Mitchell Park community center,... More
The Oft-Unseen Fruits of End-of-Life Care
Sep 11, 2018 1:28 pm
Comments: 3 | Views: 4,200

==I The following essay is a modified version of a piece titled, "Compassion and the Uncertain Caregiver," which was recently accepted by the medical journal, Palliative... More
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