“ I am aware that at any minute, something could change that would require more of my presence at home, and that I would have to give up all I have worked towards.”

– April 2013 ASA NEWSLETTER (“Journey From Mother-hood to Academic Anesthesiology and Back Again”)

When I wrote those words last year to describe how I viewed my balance between work and home, I was referring to my role as caretaker within my family as a mother, daughter and sister. Never would I have thought that my own misfortune would become the major catalyst for disrupting both my career and family life. But in October, following a “routine” hysterectomy for fibroids, I received a phone call from my surgeon: “Is someone with you at home ….?” My pathology had revealed leiomoyosarcoma (LMS), an aggressive soft tissue sarcoma...

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