Bearing Witness to Violence on Chicago’s South Side

As a family physician on Chicago’s South Side, every day brings painful and beautiful stories, many variations on a theme–gun violence, senseless loss, deep heartbreak for loved ones, deep love for family, faith in God. Patients share how they cope with life constraints and limited opportunities with warmth, humor, anger, sadness and love. I am going to…

When a Gunshot Wound to the Arm is a Blessing

“Blessed. I’m so blessed.” She kept repeating this, from her seat on the examining table. “I’m so blessed.” I unwrapped the bandage holding on the splint that had covered her arm for the three weeks since the bullet went in above her elbow and came out through her forearm, hitting no bone, touching no major…

Gratitude in the New Year

The snow is falling in Chicago. Potentially 11 inches in the next few days, which means only one thing–cross country skiing! I’m warm, wrapped under a blanket on the couch curled up next to a napping husband. My stomach is full, after two pieces of my mom’s delicious holiday cranberry-orange nut bread (thank you, Mom).…