This Diagnosis Died

| Working | May 11, 2017

(I am seeing my doctor after she found a growth, so that she can tell me about the surgery I need. I am 21.)

Doctor: “Can you feel it inside you?”

(She touches my abdomen to see if she can.)

Me: “If I can, I don’t know how I would recognize it. I have been getting some stomach pain. It might be the growth, but it might be grief because one of my friends from high school randomly died last week.”

Doctor: “Oh. Was it a drug overdose?”

Me: *taken aback* “The autopsy said natural causes. I don’t understand how a teenager drops dead of natural causes, though.”

Doctor: “So what do you think it was?”

Me: “I don’t know. I was just thinking you should know that I’m in pain but it might not be the growth. Is there anything else you wanted to tell me about the operation?”

(She was very quick to end the appointment after that.)

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