The Healing Trip, Part 15

On Thursday, August 1, 2019, Dr. Barnes walked into my brother's hospital room. Swept in, is more like it. The door rushed open and in he came, white lab coat moving around him as if caught in a breeze. Van had been sitting up in bed, watching the news. I sat against a far wall, laptop open, editing Claire Fullerton's upcoming novel, Little Tea. I immediately hit "save," and lowered the top as the good doctor said, "Turn off the TV. We need to talk." "Okay," my brother said, as if this were any ordinary day, any ordinary talk. But I knew ... over the last two days something inside me had prepared for it. There had been too many tests. Too many procedures. Too many words of ominous news. Dr.

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