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Moved by physician's courage 


Thank you for publishing Richard O’Neil’s brave, candid commentary about his illness (“My health-care crisis,” Feb. 11). I found it to be absolutely 100 percent true. I do not personally know O’Neil, however I would see him frequently walking around the hospital corridors. I am a Registered Nurse and was working at French Hospital Medical Center in 2008. Though he was never in my care (I believe he was on the med/surg floor and I’m on telemetry) I could always tell by his expressions if it was a good day or a bad day for him. When passing him in the hallway as he chatted with friends or co-workers, I never heard him complain. I think it speaks to the kind of person he is. Unfortunately in this world bad things happen to good people. His commentary has reminded me to cherish the valleys in my life and not allow suffering to outweigh the joy in life. Please extend my best wishes to him for a continued recovery.

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